Answer the 10 questions thoroughly; At least 300-500 words each should be adequate. PLEASE INCLUDE THE QUESTION WITH YOUR ANSWER!!
You should not use any outside sources; only use the textbooks "Alister E. McGrath, Science & Religion: An Introduction" and "Mircea Eliade, Myth and Reality (Religious Traditions of the World)" and make full use of your notes. Do not merely quote an author's words.
1. How exactly is the movement known as “Deism” motivated by the scientific discoveries of Isaac Newton? That is, precisely what aspects of Newton’s mechanistic worldview offer support to advocates of Deism?
2. What exactly are the three general categories of arguments for God’s existence that are important for the science/religion debates?
3. What were the three broad types of responses (approaches) within the Christian tradition of biblical interpretation to the Copernican models of the universe?
4. What exactly are the three major approaches to the question of God’s action on earth? Be specific and make sure that you identify the similarities and differences among these three approaches.
5. Write an essay that answers the following question: what are the important differences between confrontational models of the relationship between science and religion and non-confrontational models of this relationship?
6. Is the story of the Creation as presented in the Book
from the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) a cosmogonic myth as understood by Eliade? Include an account of Eliade’s notion of cosmogonic myth.
7. What exactly are the three approaches to natural theology? Be specific.
8. What exactly is the essential ethical theme that emerges from myths of cosmic cataclysms, with respect to the judgment of humankind before and after the cataclysm?
9. Does Barbour’s notion of religious story as a model support Eliade’s notion of religious story as a cosmogonic myth? That is, are the two notions compatible with each other? Include clear accounts of both Barbour’s notion (and understanding) of a religious story and Eliade’s notion (and understanding) of a religious story.
10. Explain how the notion of linear Time, which is familiar to scientific descriptions of physical events, must be abandoned for a mythic understanding of certain ritualistic practices. In other words, explain how certain religious practices rely on a notion of non-linear Time.
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