Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Preparation for Quiz #5

Quiz #5 will be held Friday, 3/12

It will cover:
Sire, Chapters 2-6, 9
“Worldview Chart”
“Deism and Naturalism”
Nihilism and Existentialism
“Theism, Modernism, Postmodernism”

You should be able to:

A. define the following concepts:

  • phenomena

  • noumena

  • Deism

  • Naturalism

  • Nihilism

  • Theistic Existentialism

  • Atheistic Existentialism

  • Nihilism

B. Answer the following questions:

  • Compare and contrast Christian Theism and Naturalism. How can a Christian argue against Naturalism, besides appealing to special revelation (the Bible)?

  • How does Kant’s distinction between noumena and phenomena pave the way for these two worldviews: Naturalism and Existentialism? Discuss.

  • What are the Nihilist’s criticisms of Naturalism? (Discuss the epistemological, metaphysical and moral inconsistencies)

  • What are the ways Existentialism fails as a worldview? Discuss in detail.

  • Compare and contrast theistic and atheistic existentialism.

  • How is theistic existentialism different from Christian theism? How is it alike?

  • What are some characteristics of postmodernism, according to philosophers (as opposed to theologians and literary critics?)

  • How would you contrast "modernism" and "postmodernism?"

  • How would you contrast "premodernism" and "postmodernism."

  • If you couldn't be a Theist, which worldview would you embrace? Why?

  • Besides Postmodernism, which of these worldviews do you think most people in the U.S. hold: Deism, Naturalism, Nihilism, Existentialism? Explain in detail.

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