Each student will also write a minimum 1800 word paper that thoroughly explains his or her theological position regarding the particular contemporary cultural issue addressed.  This paper should be an expansion of the students theological position articulated during ones presentation and include at least 5 additional scholarly sources than those connected the course pack or texts used in this course. Sources for your theological position paper, must be documented using the Turabian/Chicago Manual of Style and include a bibliography. Any theological position paper that does not follow proper formatting guidelines will automatically receive a 10% deduction. As the primary research element of this class, students will be expected to invest significant time in developing a position through research and thoughtfully supporting that position using the various elements of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral. Further details regarding the scope of research and the content of these papers will be discussed in weeks 7 and 8.

    These papers will be graded as follows:

    Articulated a Well-Reasoned Theological Position Regarding the Contemporary Cultural Issue

    20 points

    Theological Position Clearly and Reasonably Supported by the Various Elements of the Wesleyan Quadrilateral

    20 points

    Integration of 5 Quality Scholarly Resources to Support Personal Position as Cited in Bibliography (in addition to course pack or text).

    15 points

    Structure and Organization of Argument Made

    10 points

    Overall Quality of Writing (Punctuation, Grammar, Spelling, Bibliography, )

    10 points

    Total Points

    75 points

    In addition, your paper must be properly formatted, double-spaced, and cannot exceed a maximum of 2500 words.  (Please be advised that each Contemporary Issues Theological Position Paper not adhering to these stated expectations and formatting guidelines outlined in the Written Assignments section of the syllabus below will receive an automatic 10% deduction).  No late Contemporary Issues Theological Position Paper will be accepted.  Please consult the Written Assignments portion of this syllabus under Class Policies for more important details.

    Writing you Personal Position Paper
    Goal is to develop your position
    Your paper should answer the question, what is a mature Christian response to X? In general your Poster Presentation should answer more directly your focus question
    This is a research paper you need to have at least five scholarly sources
    Writing you Personal Position Paper
    Start with Scripture and use concordance or on line Bible site with a search engine.
    Read the course pack reading in conjunction with your topic to stimulate your scriptural inquiry
    Organize your Scriptural findings on the topic into categories
    Run each of the categorizes of thought through the other components of the quadrilateral to potentially develop and refine your hypothesis

    Writing you Personal Position Paper
    Gatheryouevidenceanddrawaconclusion- check you math is this conclusion scriptural in a way that reflects accurate input from the other sources of truth

    This conclusion becomes your thesis and should be expressed in one sentence or so
    Presentyourthesisinthefirstparagraph-lobthepitch to yourself
    Body of the paper is how the sources of truth, starting with scripture support/develop this position remember the baseball diamond: Scripture, Tradition, Reason, Experience

    Writing you Personal Position Paper
    Your conclusion is the place to mention (if your going to) how the process shaped/or developed as you employed it
    Your paper therefor should not read like a discovery journal…and then….and then… this is not necessary
    Cite using Chicago/Turabian style
    Proof well
    Assume the Quad. Dont teach/tell me about it

    Writing Your Theological Position Paper
    Re read your assignment and grading rubric to see if you in fact fulfilled the assignment well
    Bring a hard copy to class the day you present Submit it to before you turn your paper in

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