Is it true that hair and nails continue to grow after death?
No, they only seem to. What happens is the body dries out after
death and the skin recedes from the hair and nails, making it appear as
if they are longer. In fact, even though hair is not technically
"living," hair and nail cells still need to be nourished by blood in
order to grow.
REL 212: midterm exam
The midterm exam will consist of the following:
1) terms (50%): identify 15 of 18 terms for which a brief description will be given (a list of all the terms will be provided)
short-answer questions (50%): you may be given some options from which
to choose (more details the better; focus on being able to discuss the
main issues covered so far)
1. Materials covered through 17 Oct (focus on significant issues, especially as presented and discussed in class):
Calvin, Institutes: memorize the definition of faith at the end of 3.2.7
Leith, Doctrine: through ch. 15
review the main doctrines
covered and the significant issues related to them
e.g., know how Reformed
approach to theology is Augustinian (ch. 1)
Leith, Introduction: esp. Chalcedonian definition;
polity (e.g., Calvin's 5 great contributions); 4 principles of
Presbyterianism; 4 features of Calvin's liturgy
2. highlighted terms on the R-drive
3. Sample questions you should be ready to answer:
- Identify and describe the characteristics of Presbyterian polity. Discuss how
the US government reflects Reformed/Presbyterian principles.
- Define the following concepts and discuss their inter-relationships: baptism,
justification, prevenient grace, and sanctification.
- Know the 9 identifiable motifs of Reformed Christianity (Leith, Introduction, ch. 3).
- Identify and describe
significant characteristics or emphases of Reformed theology (Leith, Introduction, ch. 4).
- Identify and describe the characteristics of Reformed liturgy (Leith, Introduction, ch. 6).
how the Trinitarian emphasis of Reformed theology relates to pietism, the
so-called charismatic movements, and “Jesusology” (Leith, Introduction, 98).
is TULIP? Identify and describe what it stands for.
in what ways the Reformed tradition has influenced western culture; describe and
is Calvin’s understanding of justification and sanctification?
is Calvin’s understanding of creation and providence?
is Calvin’s understanding of the function of creation and the Bible?
is Calvin’s view of the law—include the three uses of the law?
- Explain Calvin’s understanding of baptism and circumcision. What are the
meanings of each? How are they similar? How does Calvin understand the
relationship between the old covenant and the new? What is Calvin’s
understanding of infant baptism; what issues are at stake?