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  1. What are the four questions Sophie is asked for her Religious Knowledge Test?  Choose one and try to answer it yourself. 
  2. How long does the period of Hellenism last?  What came next? 
  3. Why did people experience doubt and uncertainty about their own philosophy of life? 
  4. What new direction was religious and philosophic thought heading? 
  5. What did the Cynics emphasize? 
  6. What is monism?
  7. Explain why, according to the Stoics, must man learn to accept his destiny? 
  8. What is the highest good according to the Epicureans?  What goal did they have?
  9. What does Plotinus call God?
  10. How does Plotinus’ view of the universe differ from Plato’s?
  11. What is a mystical experience? How are they described in the West? in the East? outside of religion?

Comments (2)

jj.xxo@hotmail.com said

at 7:17 pm on Apr 30, 2009

1. The 4 questions were: 1)Make a lkist of thing we can know anhd a list of things that we can only believe. 2) Indicate some of the factors contributing to a person's philosophy of life. 3)What is meant by conscience? Do you think conscience is the same for everyone? 4) What is meat by priority of values? (I'm not answering one of these questions on here.)

2. The period of Hellenism lasted for 300 years. The Roman period came next.

3. People began to experience uncertainty and doubt as a result of borders and boundaries being erased when different cultures merged together.

4. Salvation.

5. The Cynics emphasized that true happiness is not found in external advantages such as power, material things, or good health, but that it is found when one is not dependent on things such as these.

6. One basic substance or principle. The Stoics denied conflict between spirit and matter, saying there is only one nature.

7. They believed that everything happens for a reason. Sickness and death are a part of the laws of nature, therefore man needs to accept his destiny.

8. The Epicureans believed that the highest good is pleasure. They aimed to attain the highest possible sensory enjoyment.

9. Plotinus called God, "The One."

jj.xxo@hotmail.com said

at 7:17 pm on Apr 30, 2009

10. Plato: Believed that no substances disolved, but that everything tangible in nature flows. Man is a dual creature. Our bodies consist of things in the sensory world, but we also have an immortal soul. Plotinus: The world is a span between two poles. One end is divine light where one could find God, or "The One," and the other end is complete darkness. The soul is illuminated by the light from the One, while matter is the darkness that has no real existence. But the forms in nature have a faint glow of the One. (Word for word out of Sophie's World).

11. An experience of merging with God or the "cosmic spirit." The West: Meeting with a personal God. The East: Experiences a total fusion with God, or the "cosmic spirit." Outside of religion: Ethical significance, cosmic consciousness, oceanic feeling. Experienced the world "from the perspective of eternity."

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