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- Read the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20.
a. Briefly list the commandments.
b. How do the first four commandments differ from the last six?
- Read the Beatitudes, the blessings of Jesus in the opening verses of the Sermon on the Mount in Matthew chapter 5:1-12. Which one is repeated and emphasized?
- From the lecture, what two commandments did Jesus say are the greatest?
- From the lecture and textbook, write out the short quote that philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche made famous about truth.
- From the textbook, describe how Raphael, in his great painting School of Athens, depicted Plato and Aristotle.
- According to the lecture, what kind of absolute truths require the existence of God?
- Briefly define General and Special Revelation.
- From chapter 8 of the textbook, define exclusivism and pluralism.
- According to chapter 7 in the textbook, the lecture, and Job 1-2 and 38-40, does Job ever find out why he suffered? What is the best explanation from our perspective?
- Read the story of the raising of Lazarus in John 11. What can we learn about Jesus and death from this account of the event?
- Read the 11 reasons for suffering listed in the lecture. Which reason(s) might provide good cause for a Christian to “count it all joy” as James says to do in James 1:2-4?
- Read the section on Theodicy in chapter 9 of the textbook.
a. Define theodicy.
b. What are two explanations Christians might give to explain the problem of evil, how a good and powerful God would allow suffering?
- According to Philippians 2:1-11, how are Christians to behave in light of what Jesus endured?