one of the two following questions to write about. The minimum length is 1,000
words. There is no maximum. Place the word count on the front of the exam (five
points deducted if this is missing).
must reference the text in a way that demonstrates your reading of and thinking
about the material; you must use MLA parenthetical documentation – e.g.,
save the exam and label it with your last name, middle initial, first name, and
exam1. For example, Doe.M.Johnexam1.doc would be the exam file label for John
Respond to the following quotation: “The Holocaust shows not only that
religious faith is untenable but also that life is absurd. A powerful and
loving God could not create a world in which such events are possible. Religion
is wishful thinking -- ‘Fear created the first gods’ (Caecilius Statius, 2nd
c. BCE). Moreover, life itself
contradicts the most basic of human aspirations: to live without suffering and
cruelty.” Etty herself discusses these issues, so in responding be sure to show
that you know how Etty would reply to this kind of position.
Discuss Etty’s spiritual response to her challenges and comment on how this
relates to the challenges we face today. How did she find meaning in life, what
were her spiritual practices, how did she integrate these into her life, what
effects did her faith have on the way she lived, and which, if any, of these
practices would be suitable for you?