Dialogues Concerning Natural Religion

Further Study


Further Study Quiz

1. Who is reporting the dialogue on religion?

2. Which of the characters represents orthodox Christianity?

3. What is empirical theism?

4. Which of the following terms definitely does not describe the character of Philo?

5. Which of the following is not used as an analogy to the universe?

6. Why does Cleanthes object to the analogy between the universe and an animal?

7. Does Philo believe that church leaders are in favor of skepticism or against it?

8. Which of the following is not one of the four causes of evil according to Philo?

9. What is Philo's main point in raising the problem of evil?

10. What of these effects does Philo not claim comes as the result of organized religion?

11. According to Philo, what is the difference between an atheist and a theist?

12. Where does the dialogue take place?

13. At what point in a student's education does Demea claim that a teacher should first introduce him to theology?

14. Which of the characters is accused of anthropomorphism?

15. What does Cleanthes mean when he calls Demea a "mystic"?

16. What does Philo believe is the cause of organized religion?

17. Which system of cosmogony does Philo find most plausible?

18. Which of the following is not one of Cleanthes' objections to the cosmological argument?

19. Which of the following is not cited as an unfortunate consequence of the argument by design?

20. To whom does Philo attribute a close variation of the most plausible picture of the origins of the world?

21. Which of the following does Cleanthes not appeal to when refuting the claim that the world is eternal?

22. To which of the following does Cleanthes not compare the universe?

23. Who does Pamphilus declare as the victor at the end of the dialogue?