As I’ve said before:
The most important factor in evaluating your answers is the clarity of what you say. You need to explain these things in your own words. Aim your answers not to your instructor or TA, but to your roommate who is not in this class. In other words, what you say should be plainly and clearly put. You can use examples where this helps, but do not use examples in place of explanations. Our aim is not to trick you, but to help you learn to articulate what you have learned as clearly as possible. In your answers you do not need to agree with anything said in class, but you are responsible for knowing what we have discussed and for explaining any differences as clearly as possible.
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR THIS EXAM: You must choose 2 of the following questions. Be sure to read each question carefully and address all of its required parts. No extra credit for answering more than 2 questions.
1.Do any 3 parts of this question:
“The moral structure of the universe”: This is a topic that came up during “Crimes and Misdemeanors”. To say that the universe has a moral structure is to say that morality is objectively right. The topic is also relevant to the Book of Job, to the film “The Quarrel”, and probably to every topic we covered.
2. The book of Job
“The only thing that angered me in what people offered was a small book someone gave me written by a father whose son had also been killed in a mountaineering accident. The writer said that in his church on the Sunday before his son’s death, they had read this passage from Psalm 18: ‘Thou didst give a wide place for my steps under me, and my foot did not slip.’
The writer now interpreted the passage as speaking to him:
His son’s foot had not slipped. God had shaken the mountain. God had decided that it was time for him to come home.”
Wolterstorff continues: “I find this pious attitude deaf to the message of the Christian gospel.”
3. Forgiveness: (Answer 3 of the following 4 parts)
4. Growth from suffering:
5. Do two parts. Religious and secular:
Link to movies:
Crimes and Misdemeanors