The existence of God and revelation – REVISION QUESTIONS

  1. What piece of evidence is used at the start of the cosmological argument?
  2. According to Aquinas, why must there be a first cause to the universe?
  3. Why does the kalaam cosmological argument say that the universe has a cause?
  4. How does the kalaam cosmological argument show that both Christians and Muslims agree with the cosmological argument?
  5. How might the Big Bang theory be used in support of the cosmological argument?
  6. What is the contradiction that some people say is found in the cosmological argument?
  7. How might some people dispute the idea that God is the first cause of the universe?
  8. Which Christian thinker is closely associated with the design argument?
  9. Paley’s design argument works by using analogy? What is this analogy?
  10. According to Paley, in what ways are the watch and the world similar?
  11. How does Paley use the similarity between the watch and the world to conclude that God exists?
  12. How did Albert Einstein support the design argument?
  13. How does Richard Dawkins criticise the design argument?
  14. Why did Fred Hoyle think the design argument was successful?
  15. Why did David Hume think the design argument was not persuasive?
  16. What does the Qur’an say that supports the idea of the design argument?
  17. What does the Bible say that supports the idea of the design argument?
  18. What happened in the miracle of the raising of Jairus’ daughter?
  19. What happened in the miracle of feeding the 5000?
  20. What happened in Muhammad’s miraculous night journey?
  21. How are the idea of miracles used to argue that God exists?
  22. Why do Muslims regard the Qur’an as a miracle?
  23. Why are miracles not very important to most Muslims?
  24. Why are the miracles of Jesus important to Christians?
  25. What is the Roman Catholic view of miracles at Lourdes?
  26. Some people think that miracles cannot be explained by science. How might someone disagree with this claim?
  27. Why did David Hume not accept miracles as persuasive evidence of the existence of God?
  28. What is natural evil? Give three examples.
  29. What is moral evil? Give three examples.
  30. How does the problem of evil claim to show that God does not exist?
  31. According to the teaching of St. Augustine, who is, and who is not to blame for evil?
  32. What did St. Augustine say was the result of the sin of Adam and Eve?
  33. According to St. Irenaeus, why did God create an imperfect world?
  34. How does St. Irenaeus answer the challenge that a loving God wold not allow their to be evil in the world?
  35. Muslims believe that life is a test from God. How does this help them respond to evil?
  36. According to Islamic teaching, why does God not intervene to stop evil?
  37. What did Hubble’s evidence of red shift tell us about the universe?
  38. What did Penzias and Wilson discover about the origins of the universe?
  39. What did Darwin discover about the origins of life?
  40. How do some people use scientific evidence to argue that God does not exist?
  41. Why are many Muslims happy to accept the theory of evolution?
  42. Why are many Christians happy to accept both the scientific and biblical ideas about the origins of the world?
  43. Why do fundamentalist Christians reject scientific theories about the origins of the world?
  44. What does the word omnipotent mean?
  45. What do both Christians and Muslims believe shows us that God is omnipotent?
  46. How many ‘names’ do Muslims use for God?
  47. What does the word omniscient mean?
  48. What does the word benevolent mean?
  49. What common phrase from the Qur’an shows Muslims that God is benevolent?
  50. What famous verse from the Bible shows Christians that God is benevolent?
  51. What does the word transcendent mean?
  52. What does the word immanent mean?
  53. What does it mean to say God is personal?
  54. How does the Arabic word ‘inshallah’ link to God being immanent?
  55. According to the Qur’an, how close to us is God?
  56. What part of the Trinity shows Christians that God is immanent?
  57. What does it mean to say God is impersonal?
  58. What is meant by the word ‘revelation’?
  59. What is general revelation?
  60. What is special revelation?
  61. Name two things that both Muslims and Christians would say were examples of general revelation.
  62. What do both Muslims and Christians believe about the world that means they see it as general revelation?
  63. What is fitrah? Why is this an example of general revelation?
  64. What Bible quote says that God is revealed in nature?
  65. What Bible quote shows the belief that the Bible is the word of God?
  66. What Qur’an quote shows that nature is a revelation of God?
  67. Briefly describe the revelation given to St. Paul.
  68. Briefly describe the revelation given to St. Bernadette.
  69. Briefly describe the revelation given to Muhammad.
  70. What is the difference in attitude to special revelation between Christians and Muslims?
  71. What is the connection between revelation and the origins of religions?
  72. How does the impact on people’s lives provide evidence for the value of revelation?
  73. Why does the subjective nature of revelation undermine the value of it?
  74. Why would David Hume reject the idea that revelation experiences have value?
  75. Why might a Christian or Muslim reject a revelation experience?

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