TY140 Faith and Meaning
Worksheet 3 The Christian Vision of the Person (32 points)
Use Lewis quotations to answer each question. There are three requirements to receive credit for each question: (a) complete sentences; (b) quotation marks used for direct quotations (all answers use quotations); (c) page numbers where ideas and quotations are found in Lewis.
(Book Four of Mere Christianity (“Beyond Personality”) is the most extended treatment of the Christian vision of the person in Lewis, and it is heavily influenced by St. Paul’s letters. Read carefully because most of what can go wrong with a person, as described by Lewis in “Beyond Personality,” appears in the ghosts in the Great Divorce.)
Read Lewis 141-7.
1. On page 144 Lewis identified something as “more important that anything else in the world.” What was he refering to and, more importantly, what what does this have to do with the human person?
2. (Go to Lewis 133.1: what is the “whole purpose of life”?)
3. Explain (using quotes from Lewis) Lewis’ contrast of Bios and Zoe on pages 144 and 131: What is Zoe? How is Zoe unlike Bios? What are the characteristics of each? What are the limitations of Bios?
4. What is the “whole offer which Christianity makes”? What is the “whole purpose of becoming a Christian”?
5. What is Lewis’s point, the “dirty are afraid of a bath.”
6. Which of Lewis’s characters in the Great Divorce like the “tin soldier” who did not like becoming “flesh”?
Read Lewis 151-77.
7. Using three full quotes, show the main point of “Let’s Pretend.”
8. How does Christ “work on us,” according to Lewis.
9. Can you give yourself “new motives”? Why or why not, according to Lewis?
10. If God does everything, what is the person’s role in becoming a real child of God?
11. What does Lewis mean, “we are like eggs”?
12. What does the Church exist for, according to Lewis?
13. In “Counting the Cost,” explain what is meant by Christ’s words “Be Ye Perfect” using three full quotes from Lewis.
14. What is wrong with deciding that one wants to be a “decent ordinary chap,” not a “saint”?
15. What sort of a creature does God want to make each person?
16. From “Nice People or New Men,” cite the three quotations that most reflects the content of the chapter.
17. What does Lewis think about persons in other religions who are “led by God’s secret influence”?
18. Explain (using quotes from Lewis) Lewis on niceness and temperament, using three quotations.
19. What does it cost God to “convert rebellious wills”? Can God force the conversion? -- quote Lewis.
20. What can the person keep? Why is having a lot of money dangerous?
21. What is required for people with “natural kinds of goodness” to recognize the need for God?
22. Why did God become man? Was it for the “improvement” of the human person? -- quote Lewis. Read the first paragraph of “The New Men”: if not “improvement,” then what? What is the difference?
23. What is lost in the making the “New Men”? What must be gotten out of the way to become a “New Men”?
24. Write five quotations that express Lewis’s conception of the “New Men.”
Read “Heaven,” Lewis 638-44.
25. To what extent does the human person desire heaven? How do hobbies and friends reflect this desire for heaven?
26. Write three quotations that express how heaven is individual. For example, what is the “shape” of the “soul”?
27. Explain (using quotes from Lewis) Lewis’s analogy of the picture with the golden background.
Read “Hell,” Lewis 620-7.
28. Write three quotations that express how hell is a person’s choice.
29. What is the “characteristic of lost souls”?
30. According to Lewis, what are the three types of Jesus-sayings about hell?
31. Contrast (using quotes) the “complete man” who “enters heaven” and the “ex-man” or “ghost” who “enter hell.”
32. What is meant by “the doors of hell are locked on the inside”?