Instructions: Answer the following questions as thoroughly as possible, but do not exceed two full pages. Your answers should be typed, nothandwritten, and should be single-spaced. Answer to the best of your ability—you will be graded primarily on the basis of your effort. Do not fret if the questions are difficult to answer. You are learning a new skill here: the skill of reading and comprehending difficult philosophical texts. Your ability to do this will improve with practice. Consider this exercise a chance to grow in intellectual courage and perseverance! Please do not use any outside sources on this assignment.
- Early in the chapter, Morris discusses the fact that there is no universally convincing proof for God’s existence. In your view, is this fact a serious problem for belief in God?
- Describe the basic skeptical view about the root of unhappiness. Do you find this view plausible? Why or why not? (See p. 70 and following on this point.)
- Contrast the skeptical view about desires and beliefs with the Christian view. How do the views differ in their explanation of our unhappiness? How do they differ in their solutions for our unhappiness? (See p. 74 and following.)
- On p. 78 and following, Morris considers arguments to the effect that we can never prove that our faculties (reason, memory, sense perception) are reliable. Why does Morris think we are unable to prove that our faculties are reliable? In your view, is this a serious problem?
- Toward the end of the chapter, Morris discusses Clifford’s Principle. What is Clifford’s Principle? And, what do the arguments you discussed in #4 reveal about Clifford’s Principle?