The Sea-Wolf Reading and Discussion Questions Ch. 7- 9
Due Nov. 4th
ALSO DUE: Read Literary Periods Hand Out given to you in class: Learn about Romanticism, Realism and Naturalism. COME TO CLASS READY TO DISCUSS how these Literary Periods relate to The Sea Wolf.
BE A BEREAN—
“And the brethren immediately sent Paul and Silas away by night to Berea; and when they arrived they went into the synagogue of the Jews. Now these were more noble-minded than those in Thessalonica, for they received the word with great eagerness, examining the Scriptures daily, to see whether these things were so.” Acts 17:10-11
PRINCIPLE—Test ideas and thoughts, preaching, literature, scientific theories, philosopher’s ideas, media messages, your own thoughts etc. against God’s Holy Word. The Bible is Truth and it is so important to search the Scriptures, think on Scripture, Read through Scripture, Believe and Live Scripture—Believe in and Put on Christ every day, and even more so when you are studying and trying to understand secular ideas in order to be salt and light in a corrupt and dark age. Satan’s lies are seductive and Christians must stay rooted in Scripture and in fellowship with other Christians in order to stay strong!
“For the love of Christ controls us, having concluded this, that one died for all, therefore all died; and He died for all, that they who live should no longer live for themselves, but for Him who died and rose again on their behalf.”
All Students: Chapter 7 (p. 46-48)
1a. Define altruism-
2. Who performed the ultimate act of altruism in scripture? Why did He do it? Share one Scripture that records this.
3. What commands can you think of that call us to be “altruistic”? List a couple.
4. Write out Jeremiah 17:9-10
5. cont. What is the true condition of the heart of people, even those in the world who may seem
altruistic? (also see Ephesians 2:1-3)
Remember from our past studies, this is one of the main reasons that socialism and communism ultimately fail—consolidating nearly all a society’s main resources and the power of “the sword” into the hands of a few sinners is destined to go terribly awry!)
- Read Romans 3:9-26.
What are all people under? (vs.9)
Is there anyone righteous apart from Christ?
How can people be made right with God?
- Jrs/Srs. Read Ephesians 2:1-10
Can people do good things and still be unsaved? (vs. 8-9) How do you know? (Use Scripture)
9th/10th How can a person be saved? What is the gospel?
Chapter 8 (p. 49-54)
ALL 1. On p.49, what is Hump’s current opinion of Wolf? What does Wolf’s character represent according to Nietzsche’s philosophy?
- All–On the bottom of p. 51, What does Wolf say makes something right?
Jr/Srs. What does Wolf says is wrong?
9th/10 What is good in Wolf’s eyes?
All: How does Wolf Larson define evil?
- All– What does 2 Corinthians 12:7-10 say about weakness? What does Ephesians 6:10 say about our source of strength?
Jrs/Srs. Read Philippians 2:1-11. What does this say about looking out for others and about selfishness?
4a.All– Tell why Wolf Larson does not believe in being altruistic by filling in the blanks of this quote from p. 53. “Couldn’t see the necessity for it, nor the common sense. I cut out the race and the children. I would sacrifice ___________ for them. It’s just so much slush and ______________, and you must see it yourself, at least for one who does _____ believe in ___________ ________. With immortality before me, _____________ would be a ____________ business proposition. I might elevate my soul to all kinds of altitudes. But with ____________ _____________ before me but death, given for a brief spell this yeasty crawling and squirming called life, why, it would be _____________ for me to perform any act that was a ______________. …it would be foolish…a wrong against myself and a wicked thing.”
“Then you are an _______________, a _______________, and logically a hedonist.”
6.Jrs/Srs. Compare what Wolf says to 1 Corinthians 15:30-34, 51-58.
7.Read Revelation 20:11-15 and 22:10-15.
Who will be judged?
Who is blessed and has access to the tree of life?
Who is thrown into the lake of fire?
All Students: Read the “Morality Apart from God” article by Ray Cotton and answer the following questions in writing:
Find article at– http://www.leaderu.com/orgs/probe/docs/god-ethi.html
All-1. What is happening in Russia today? What is the cause?
All-2. What’s wrong with the idea of “personal values”?
All-3. How does the idea of “personal values” relate to Friedrich Nietzsche?
Jrs/Srs.-4. What are some Christian responses the author gives to philosophers who try to argue that it is possible to have a universal morality apart from God. (p. 2-3)
(that faith is untenable= unable to be defended, unreasonable)
All-5. How do those who hold to scientific naturalism try to limit the debate? Where do they think humans got their “moral sense”?
All-6. What are some evidences that have helped you believe that the Bible is true?
All-7. What does the article say the Christian’s greatest “argument” against naturalism is? (P. 4 paragraph 3-4)
9th-10th–8. How does paragraph 5 relate to Wolf Larson?
Jrs/Srs.–9. How does all this relate to what happened in Germany?
All–10. What does an old adage say about the road to hell? Why is that?
All–11. Fill in the blanks of the following quote about the cycle of societies. It was written by Professor Alexander Tytler of the University of Edinburgh and is near the end of Ray Cotton’s article.
From _____________ to spiritual faith.
From spiritual _________ to great courage.
From courage to ___________.
From liberty to _____________.
From ______________ to selfishness.
From _______________ to complacency.
From complacency to _____________.
From apathy to ________________.
From dependency _______ ________ into _____________.(8)
All–12. How do you see this relating to America today?
Think about: How does this relate to you personally? (The last paragraph)
The Sea Wolf Chapter 9 (p.55-61)
1a. All– What changes are taking place in Hump?
Jrs/Srs—Knowing what you do about Jack London, what do you think would attribute the changes to?
2.Jrs/Srs– Do you think that extremely dangerous situations where one’s survival is at stake only brings out the worst in a person or that those survival type situations can bring out more strength and will to live than the person thought they had—without Evolution or “survival of the fittest” having anything to do with it? Give an example of the latter:
3.Jrs/Srs. Please open the Eric Liddell article attached with in this week’s assignments, and be ready to share with the class how his story is an example of altruism and self-sacrifice being worth it.
4a. Jrs/Srs.– What do you think of Wolf’s argument in the middle of p. 58-top of p.59– that if one believes in having an immortal soul, then they shouldn’t fear death? Is there some truth in his statement? Where does his argument err? (See Philippians 1:21-24, and Matthew 4:5-7)
5.All–Think about how the following Scriptures show that a person’s desire to live, even a Christian’s desire to live, is not proof that there is no such thing as immortality or life after death.
When did death and violence enter into creation?
Was it part of God’s original plan?
What does Scripture call death in 1 Corinthians 15:23-26.
Where does victory over death come from? 1 Cor. 15:53-58?
6. All– How does Hump turn things around on Cooky? (top of p.60-61) How is Hump changing?