|Due By (Pacific Time)||11/20/2016 06:00 pm|
1. Page limit: 3-4 pages. Anything beyond the page limit WILL NOT be read.
2. Format: Font: Times New Roman, Size 12, double-spaced, 1” margin all around. Include your name, section and page numbers
3. Use in-text citation and not footnotes (author’s last name, title of the article, and page
A Comparative Paper
Explore a theological doctrine or concept (sin, suffering, salvation, cross, God, image of God,etc.) in greater detail through a comparison of two different theologies. At least one of these theologies should come from our discussions after the midterm (Queer theology, Black and
Womanist theologies). The goal of the comparison is to have a deeper understanding of that concept so the comparison is not meant simply to demonstrate the similarities between the two theologies but also their differences or how the comparison expands the definition or understanding of that concept. In the end, write about how this expanded definition may be relevant to our contemporary situation.
1. Start with a thesis statement that expresses your position/argument (20 words or less).The thesis should serve as the title of your essay so set it off at the beginning of the essay in bold letters.
2. As part of your introduction, outline your arguments and which sources you will use to support your arguments.
3. Make sure to adequately summarize the key arguments of each of the two theologies you are comparing and how they define and explain your theological doctrine/concept.
4. Don’t simply compare the similarities but also analyze the differences of the two theologies and how that expands the understanding of the doctrine.
5. As you explain your thesis, do not forget to support your explanation by quoting passages from at least two of our various readings to show how you’re integrating their points into your thinking.
a. Learn from, engage, and cite the course texts but speak for yourself. In other words, don’t just string passages together or quote a long passage without an explanation.
b. When you quote, you must unpack and explain the lines you have quoted. What does the passage mean? How does it fit in? Tell the reader how the quote advances your point.
c. Refer to authors by their full names or their last names (not their first names). See instruction above for citations.
6. Be precise. Write what you mean. Use words that communicate effectively.
7. Review the Grading Criteria/Rubrics as reference for writing a good paper.
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