Chapter 4 Review Questions
Philosophy 1301 w/ Colby Glass (look up week's date)

NB: The original questions have apparently disappeared into the void due to computer problems... Therefore, I am posting review questions from last semester. I think you will find them relatively complete --colby.

Consider the following questions in your reading of the chapter:

  1. What is theism, atheism, agnosticism?
  2. What is the ramification of Pascal's wager?
  3. What is deism, pantheism, behaviorism?
  4. What is monotheism, polytheism?
  5. What is anthropomorphism? What's wrong with it?
  6. What was Feuerbach's thesis about religion?
  7. What is the ontological argument, the cosmological argument, the teleological argument?
  8. Upon what is western science founded? What is the ramification of quantum mechanics for this foundation?
  9. What does omnipotent mean? Omniscient?
  10. What is the problem of evil?
  11. Why could the traditional western image of God be labelled anthropomorphic and sexist?
  12. What is religious existentialism?
  13. What is the "leap of faith" to which existentialism refers?
  14. What is theodicy?


THE big question for Chapter 4

  1. Is there life after death?
  2. Does God allow suffering, or can he stop it? If He can stop it, will He?
  3. Can God be likened to any image? If so, what?
  4. How different would our lives be if everyone in the world were an atheist, an agnostic, or a theist?
  5. Suppose you had a near death experience and experienced either a loving light infused with divinity, or a horror experience that filled you with fear and dread. Would you live the rest of your life differently? Why?
  6. "If a computer can pass for a human being, does this mean there are no essential differences between humans and computers?" (p.118)
  7. Has God given souls only to human beings? Or, do other animals also have souls. What is the basis for who does and who does not have a soul?
  8. "If a few hours of sensory deprivation cause us to lose our sense of having a permanent, indestructible "self," should we conclude that the "self" was an illusion? Does the fact that the sense of "self" returns after feedback begins again, increase the credibility of the "self" or make it seem more fictional than ever?" (p. 157)


Unaccepted Questions

I thought these questions were too difficult and/or too esoteric:

  1. What is postmodernism, modernism?
  2. What is anatman, skandhas?



by Colby Glass