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Study Guide for EXAM # 1 Humanities 201A Be able to answer the seven world view questions and to describe the basic premises of these  worldviews and religious.  Think about how a Christian might respond to these worldviews: Deism   Question Christian  Theism Naturalism Nihilism New Age Eastern Monism Islam Existentialism Prime  Reality? God The physical  world We don't know The self Brahman Allah Matter Eternal  Reality God's creation A closed material  universe A meaningless  universe The visible and  the invisible Illusion/Karma Allah's Creation subjective What is a  human  being? Imago Dei Complex  machine A valueless entity An evolving god Atman A created being Existence precedes  essence What  happens at  death? Enter the  spiritual realm The end of  existence The end of  existence Reincarnation or  cosmic awareness Rebirth/Liberation Reward or  Punishment Non-existence Why is it  possible to  know? An attribute of  God Evolutionary self- consciousness Its not possible to  know anything --  Who cares Expanded  consciousness To be is not to  know Mohammad has  made it possible Self-consciousness
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Right and  Wrong? Natural  Law/Scripture Self- determination You can't know No ethical  distinctions The consequence  of Karma Shariah Self- determination/choic e Meaning of  history? Linear with a  purpose Linear without  purpose Meaningless  Be here be now Cyclical Linear with a  purpose unimportant Be familiar with Bertrand Russell’s arguments and a Christian Response to them. 1. If everything must have a cause, then God must have a cause. If there can be anything without a cause, it may just as well be  the world as God a. Argument  - God is not an effect- the result of a cause.  God is an uncaused cause.  Something has always existed.  Since matter is not eternal it has to be something other than matter.  So the uncaused something must be non-matter  but the cause of all material effects.  The Bible identifies this uncaused cause as God 2. If there was a reason for the laws which God gave, then God himself was subject to law, and therefore you do not get any advantage  by introducing God as intermediary a. Argument  - Russell fails to recognize that God’s directives are based upon his own eternal nature which is holy.  God  is no subject to law.  God is law.  His nature establishes what is right and what is not right.  There is no standard of  right and wrong apart from God’s character 3. It is a most astonishing thing that people can believe that his world, with all the things that are in it, with all its defects, should be the  best that omnipotence and omniscience has been able to produce
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This test prep was uploaded on 04/21/2008 for the course HUMA 201 taught by Professor Kemeny during the Spring '08 term at Grove City.

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