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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

More Exam 2 Questions

1.     In the introduction of “50 Voices of Disbelief,” what “dangerous idea” does Russell Blackford note the United Nations is attempting to pass into international law?
a.     Defamation of religion a crime.
b.     Darwin was wrong
c.      Darwin was right
d.     Faith

2.     What does Margaret Downey in “My ‘Bye Bull’ Story” recommend as a life after death?
a.     72 West Virginians 
b.    Create a legacy worth remembering
c.      Live every day as if it were your last
d.     The promise of eternity

3.     Nicholas Everitt believes in “How Benevolent is God” that
a.     God is hiding
b.    The non-existence of God can be proved beyond all reasonable doubt
c.      Free will is impossible
d.     God is evil

4.     John Harris in “Wicked or Dead” rejects agnosticism about gods for the same reason he rejects agnosticism about:
a.     Fairies
b.     Celestial teapots
c.      The Old Testament
d.     Electric Monks
e.     All of the above

5.     Adele Mercier opened his essay, “Religious Belief and Self-Deception,” with the following quote: “Concerning the gods, I have no means of knowing whether they exist or not or of what sort they may be, because of the obscurity of the subject, and the brevity of human life.” This quote is from:
a.     Albert Einstein
b.    Protagoras
c.      Plato
d.     Bertrand Russell
e.     All of the above

6.     A. C. Grayling quotes these words from what author? “It is not what the man of science believes that distinguishes him, but how and why he believes it. His beliefs are tentative, not dogmatic; they are based on evidence, not on authority or intuition.”
a.     Albert Einstein
b.     Jesus
c.      Plato
d.    Bertrand Russell
e.     Joel Osteen

7.     Michael Shermer is ok with what label?
a.     Atheist
b.     Non-believer
c.     Militant Agnostic
d.     Agnostic
e.     Nihilist

8.     Stephen Law in “Could It Be Pretty Obvious There’s No God?” exposits:
a.     Occam’s Razor
b.     Transubstantiation
c.      Virgin birth
d.    The problem of good
e.     Dianetics and e-meters

9.     Shirley McLean in “Reasons to be Faithless” reserves the right to:
a.     Make up her own mind about God
b.     Change religions
c.     Repent at the very last minute
d.     Ridicule believers
e.     Pray

10.  Who expects the Spanish Inquisition?
a.     Everyone
b.    Nobody
c.      Jews
d.     Muslims
e.     Pagans 


  1. Sorry for the extra Exam 2 post but the comment section wouldn't take the bold typeface for the answers.

  2. Maybe you're right. I guess an asterisk wouldn't have been out of the question.

  3. Understanding the origins of morality frees us from which two putative masters?

    a. Nature and Nurture
    **b. God and Nature
    c. Captain and Tennille
    d. Catholics and Protestants

  4. I expected the Spanish Inquisition >_>