STUDY GUIDE FOR READING ASSIGNMENT 2
Robert Mackintosh, Christian Ethics
NOTE: While this book has many useful teachings, in some chapters the author shows a more liberal, or modernistic, view of Scripture. Some of the questions are aimed at helping the student identify those views which are not in accord with the more traditional conservative views of Third Millennium Ministries.
1. What modernist concept does the author express regarding the Gospel of John. (This is a theologically liberal concept that traditional conservative theologians would not hold.)
2. Does the author think that, for Jesus, the Old Testament is divine?
3. According to the author, what was the difference between Jesus' view and the Pharisees' view of Old Testament ethics?
4. What passage of the gospels is key to New Testament ethics, according to the author?
5. Jesus taught that no act is morally good unless the ________ is right.
1. What is the audience of the epistles of the New Testament?
2. "Almost the whole New Testament is dominated by the thought of _____________."
3. "No epistle gives us such an inside view of the early Christian churches as ________.
4. "On the whole, St. Paul's teaching remains clear -- that the law is _______."
5. The author expresses another modernist, or liberal, view regarding the authority of the Bible when he talks about the early Christians' expectations that Christ would return soon. What is his comment?
1. The author says that Catholicism placed emphasis on three different things. What are they?
2. What problem in the Middle Ages led to the Reformation?
1. According to the author, it was the discovery of the Pauline gospel that made the Reformation a religious movement. What book does he mention that especially contributed to this impact?
2. What aspects of Pauline teaching were not clearly seen until modern scholarship arose, according to the author?
3. The author states that Protestantism, especially Lutheranism, frequently focuses on what doctrine and forgets what?
4. Who said, "Good pious works will never make a good pious man, but a good pious man will do good pious works."
5. "Conscious deliberate theory for Christian society arose in Protestantism as developed by ______."
6. The author asserts that our modern democratic form of government is the result of what?
7. What new view toward wealth was brought by Protestantism, according to the author?
8. The author claims that political toleration was especially emphasized by whom?
1. What statement does the author make about the Old Testament which would not be accepted by orthodox theologians, but rather would be considered modernistic?
2. The author says, "The State chiefly relies upon _______."
3. What is the author's view about what the Church should forbid or require?
4. The author says that if there seems to be a conflict among different kinds of moral authority, our ultimate loyalty is to _______.