PHIL 240 Quiz 6

PHIL 240 Quiz 6 Liberty University

  1. The fact that most of what we know about the pagan mystery religions comes from the period when they were at their peak, the 2 nd
    and 3 rdcenturies shows that many of the claims of the pagan copycat theory are guilty of:
  2. Religious pluralism is the view that there are many roads to God.
  3. The real problem regarding religious particularism concerns the fate of unbelievers outside of one’s own particular religious tradition.
  4. The fact that a previous religion may have a similar belief to that of Christianity proves that the previous religion was the cause of the belief in Christianity.
  5. The idea of a physical resurrection in the present was a foreign concept within Judaism and within paganism during the 1 st
  6. The notion of a savior who would die for the sins of his followers is a common theme among mystery religions of the 1 st
  7. When the copycat theorists claim that Horus or Attis were crucified, they are guilty of:
  8. Several contemporary scholars do see dependency between Christianity and pagan religions, but it is a reversed dependency, meaning that the pagan religions borrowed from Christianity (at least in the first three centuries after Christ).
  9. Mystery religions as a whole had a unified message and functions as the sole predecessor to Christianity.
  10. Early Christians were often subjected to severe persecution, torture, and death because they refused to embrace a pluralistic approach to religions.
  11. The evidence clearly indicates an adoption of the virgin birth concept from Greek mythology into Christianity.
  12. First century Judaism was very accommodating to religious syncretism and thus explains how easily Christianity was influenced by pagan religions.
  13. In comparing religions, it is important to consider that the presence of parallels does not necessarily indicate any kind of borrowing or dependency.
  14. The idea of a physical resurrection in the present was a foreign concept within Judaism and within paganism during the 1 st
  15. The evidence clearly indicates an adoption of the virgin birth concept from Greek mythology into Christianity.
  16. First century Judaism was very accommodating to religious syncretism and thus explains how easily Christianity was influenced by pagan religions.
  17. A “genetic fallacy” involves trying to invalidate a position by criticizing the way a person came to hold that position.
  18. The mystery religions were a diverse group of cults and sects that borrowed heavily from each other.
  19. The notion of a savior who would die for the sins of his followers is a common theme among mystery religions of the 1 st
  20. The dependency fallacy understands that Christianity borrowed the substance of the mystery religions and turned this into a new religion.
  21. It is likely that Christianity borrowed from the mystery religions, but when Christianity did this was hundreds of years after it began, and thus has nothing to do with the core of Christian proclamation.
  22. While weak parallels are present between certain aspects of Christianity and the pagan religions, there is a lack of strong parallels which might suggest dependence.
  23. The real problem regarding religious particularism concerns the fate of unbelievers outside of one’s own particular religious tradition.
  24. In comparing religions, it is important to consider that the presence of parallels does not necessarily indicate any kind of borrowing or dependency.
  25. One of the main differences between Christianity and pagan mystery religions is that the mystery religions never claimed to be historical, while Christianity has always held the events in Jesus’ life really happened in history.
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