World Religions: Western Traditions: Chapter 4

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Question 1:


a) Many of his teachings concerned a coming apocalypse that would usher in a new age of peace.
b) He described himself as the fulfillment of a prophecy that the lame shall walk and the blind shall see.
c) He was credited with numerous miraculous cures, including exorcism and raising the dead.
d) He most often described himself using the term ‘Christos’ (lit., ‘messiah’).

Question 2:


a) ‘God’s truth’
b) ‘holy word’
c) ‘protective incantation’
d) ‘good news’

Question 3:


a) Matthew
b) Mark
c) Luke
d) John

Question 4:


a) They unilaterally accepted that Jesus was the Son of God and that he was simultaneously divine and human.
b) They believed that the apocalypse (and the resurrection of Jesus) would be occurring in the immediate future.
c) They held a major debate about whether Christians needed to be circumcised.
d) d. As instructed by Paul, they advocated rejecting the ‘life of the flesh’ in favor of the ‘life of the spirit.’

Question 5:


a) Priest
b) Deacon
c) Apostle
d) Elder

Question 6:


a) Diocletian
b) Constantine
c) Julius
d) Theodosius I

Question 7:


a) The term ‘creed’ is derived from the Latin for ‘belief.’
b) The Nicene Creed has a less developed Trinitarian theology than the Apostles’ Creed.
c) The Apostles’ Creed was likely not written during the Apostolic Period (the first century CE).
d) The councils of Nicaea and Constantinople were largely concerning with formulating creeds that would contradict (and thus repudiate) Arianism.

Question 8:


a) The incarnate Christ consisted of two separate persons: one divine, one human.
b) The incarnate Christ consisted of a single person, who possessed only a divine nature.
c) The incarnate Christ consisted of a single person, who possessed both a divine and a human nature.
d) The incarnate Christ was an illusion: his physical body was simply an illusion created by his omnipotent spiritual essence.

Question 9:


a) St Benedict
b) St Cyril
c) St Josaphat
d) St John of Damascus

Question 10:


a) The Latin Church sent missionaries into Bulgaria, which was considered to be a Greek territory.
b) The Greek Church supported the inclusion of the term filioque (‘and the son’) in the Nicene Creed, which the Latin Church found objectionable.
c) The Latin Church viewed the authority of the pope as trumping the authority of the five Eastern patriarchs.
d) The Greek Church allowed its priests to marry, a practice that was seen as unacceptable by Latin Christians.

Question 11:


a) The Cistercians
b) The Franciscans
c) The Dominicans
d) The Carmelites

Question 12:


a) The date of her death was celebrated through a feast called The Dormition.
b) She was understood to have been born without the taint of original sin.
c) When praying a rosary, the supplicant will say ten ‘Hail Mary’s for every ‘Our Father.’
d) She was depicted in various contexts in the artistic traditions of the day—from the mother of the newborn Christ to the mournful older woman grieving her son’s death.

Question 13:


a) In the eleventh century, most public burnings of heretics were carried out by secular (rather than religious) authorities.
b) In the twelfth century, the Church began to design its own system of punishments for heresy. This was one component of an ecclesiastical legal system known as ‘canon law.’
c) In the thirteenth century, the Inquisition tribunal in Toulouse based their trials on the premise that the accused was innocent until proven guilty.
d) In 1252, Pope Innocent IV ruled that torturing accused heretics was acceptable.

Question 14:


a) The ontological argument for the existence of God.
b) The satisfaction theory of the Atonement.
c) The doctrine of the immaculate conception of Mary.
d) The mythological account of Lucifer’s Fall from Grace

Question 15:


a) She viewed her mystical experience as centering on the dissolution of distinctions between the individual and the Divine.
b) She argued that mystical experience could only occur after a period of intense purification, known as the ‘dark night of the soul.’
c) She experienced her mystical union with the divine as a descent of tongues of flame from the heavens.
d) She described her ecstatic experience, which occurred after years of devotion, as a spiritual marriage with God.

Question 16:


a) Opposition to the practice of selling indulgences.
b) Distrust of the authority of papal councils
c) Desire to translate the Bible into the vernacular (German)
d) Uncertainty about the propriety of certain Catholic sacraments.

Question 17:


a) Anabaptists
b) Lutherans
c) Anglicans
d) Calvinists

Question 18:


a) The Archbishop of Canterbury
b) The Pope
c) The Council of British Elders
d) The British monarch

Question 19:


a) Given the extent of their sinfulness, all humans are utterly dependent upon God for salvation.
b) Christ, while ultimately divine, was nonetheless created by God during historical time.
c) The entirety of history is preordained by God, which includes the question of whether individual human beings will be saved or damned.
d) Christ’s death satisfies humanity’s debt to God, since His sinlessness allows Him to serves as a substitute.

Question 20:


a) Mennonites
b) Unitarians
c) Puritans
d) The Amish

Question 21:


a) The Congregationalists
b) The Baptists
c) The Anglicans
d) The Quakers

Question 22:


a) During the Eucharist, the bread and wine are literally transformed into the body and blood of Christ.
b) The practice of selling indulgences was affirmed as a valid exercise of ecclesiastical power. This stance was not overturned until the First Vatican Council.
c) The priests, a celibate class of religious professionals, serve as necessary intermediaries between the laity and God.
d) Both tradition and scripture are valid sources of religious truth.

Question 23:


a) The success of Catholic missions in India can primarily be attributed to the forced conversion of local Hindu elites.
b) Though initially successful, Japanese Catholicism was eventually suppressed by imperial edict.
c) Jesuits in China permitted Chinese converts to continue venerating both Confucius and their ancestors.
d) Many sixteenth-century Indian converts to Christianity were encouraged to do so through the provision of material benefits (such as food or employment).

Question 24:


a) The term Eucharist comes from a Greek word meaning ‘thanksgiving.’
b) Roman Catholics often refer to the Eucharist as the Mass, based on the final words of the Eucharistic ritual when performed in Latin.
c) Protestants often describe the ritual as ‘Holy Communion,’ emphasizing its role as means of communing with both the Divine and one’s congregation.
d) Eastern Orthodox Christians often describe the Eucharist as the Liturgy, from the Greek word meaning ‘community.’

Question 25:


a) Shrove Tuesday
b) The Feast of the Epiphany
c) Pentecost
d) Passover

Question 26:


a) The lamb
b) The fish
c) The sun
d) The dove

Question 27:


a) The earliest Christian congregations likely met in Jewish synagogues or private homes.
b) The first churches were built on the same plan as Roman houses.
c) Later churches were built in the style of Roman civic buildings (such as courthouses).
d) All known churches from the later Roman period follow a cruciform floor plan.

Question 28:


a) Some sixteenth-century Protestants made a practice of destroying religious art, as they claimed that it encouraged idolatry.
b) In most Protestant churches, the communion table is situated to allow the minister to face the congregation.
c) Many Protestant hymns consist of lyrics written for popular folksongs.
d) The majority of Protestant hymns avoid using texts from the Old Testament as sources for their lyrics.

Question 29:


a) God is an unknowable enigma, far beyond human understanding.
b) God is a powerful ruler, whose ineluctable justice will ultimately bring joy to the moral and misery to the immoral.
c) God is the divine watchmaker who created the world and allows it to run following its own laws.
d) God is a fanciful projection of the human ego—He is simply ‘humanity writ large’.

Question 30:


a) The Disciples of Christ
b) The Seventh-Day Adventists
c) The Jehovah’s Witnesses
d) The Christian Scientists

Question 31:


a) Under Pope John XXII (1324)
b) At the Council of Trent (1545-1563)
c) At the First Vatican Council (1869-1870)
d) At the Second Vatican Council (1962-1965)

Question 32:


a) Use of the vernacular (rather than Latin) in celebrating Mass
b) Attempting to bridge the gulf between Catholicism, Protestantism, and Eastern Christianity
c) Modernizing the dress of priests and nuns
d) Prohibiting Catholics from using contraception

Question 33:


a) Karl Rahner
b) Karl Barthe
c) Paul Tillich
d) Alfred North Whitehead