A. What new insights have you gained about the definition and importance of worldviews?
b. Have you lived your life with these in mind to this point? Why or why not?
c. If you did not do as well as you thought you might on the informational quiz, what past educational factors might have prevented you from doing so?
3. Read Chapters 1–3 in your textbook, A Christian Philosophical Journey (CPJ).
4. Answer the following questions:
a. Worldview Question #3 (from Chapter 1, p. 5): What constitutes good thinking? What aspects of truth can we simply assume are true and which ones do we need to argue for? What is a good argument? (In philosophy, an “argument” does not mean interpersonal conflict; it designates the way you defend your own thinking. Think of it as making up a sound answer based on solid information.
i. In addition, ask yourself: Are you a good thinker? Why or why not? What things do you assume in life are true, what others are debatable? Do you use logic? Do you support or oppose the use of logic in thinking? Why? What examples of good thinking do you know about?
i. Questions 1–6, Chapter 1 (p. 12)
1. What does it mean to be a philosopher and what is the benefit of thinking about philosophical questions? How has postmodernism challenged the legitimacy of doing philosophy? Anticipate and explain how a Christian might object to doing philosophy.
2. In what way does philosophy stand at the core of all the other subjects you might study in college?
3. What are the three fundamental branches of philosophy? Name and identify some of the overall questions that philosophy asks.
4. In what way might asking questions lead to personal freedom? Are all questions permissible? Is there ever a time when you should not ask a question?
5. What do you think about the two Greek mottoes: “know yourself” and “the unexamined life is not worth living”? To what extent do they reflect important or legitimate pursuits? How would you suggest Christian faith steers such pursuits?
6. What is the Socratic method? Do you ever use it when you are trying to find the truth? Should you?
ii. Questions 1–4, Chapter 2 (p. 27)
1. Do you agree more with Tertullian and Kierkegaard about philosophy or C. S. Lewis and other apologists? Why?
2. Before you go further into this book, what quick answers would you give to the basic philosophical questions? Do you think your ideas will change as you work through this book?
3. What do you think about the idea that some beliefs are “properly basic”? Would you include belief in God?
4. How does radical orthodoxy strike you? Should we largely bracket our essential Christian beliefs from critical examination and ignore questions about them that others have asked?
iii. Questions 1–5, Chapter 3 (pp. 46–47)
1. What is the difference between inductive and deductive reasoning?
2. What is the difference between a valid syllogism and a true one?
3. Evaluate the chapter’s claim that biblical material is not propositional in nature for the most part. Argue either for or against this claim.
4. What were the key contributions of Aristotle to philosophy?
5. Get a copy of an editorial page or locate a website where someone takes a position on an issue. Evaluate the arguments used. What logical fallacies can you find?
6. Identify the informal fallacy in each of the following statements: “I see the guy who shot her was white. That’s the way white people are—very violent and dangerous.” • “I just know she’s innocent. I can feel it.” • “Angels don’t exist. I’ve never seen one.” • “That boy has cried wolf twice now, and there was no wolf. So, there will be no wolf this time either.” • “Quantum physics is a bunch of bunk, because that’s what my mom (who is no good at science) told me.” • “You believe that all religions are equally valid because if you believed otherwise we would fire you.” • “The president’s foreign policy is obviously bad. After all, he cheated on his wife.”• “Either you believe in absolutes, or you don’t believe in any right or wrong.”• “The economy started to tank after he became president; he must have caused it.”• “Premarital sex is wrong because it is wrong to do sexually immoral things.”• “If we let immigrants continue to speak their own languages, before long no one will speak English here anymore.”• “Paul couldn’t have written 2 Timothy, because most scholars do not think he did.”• “I know you killed him, because I saw you leaving the building after the murder.”• “This rock is millions of yea

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