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Theology RESEARCH PAPER
You will complete a seven to ten page paper for this course. In order to help you choose a topic and prepare a paper that is relevant for your own study, the following plans are suggested:
A Theological Topic in its Contexts
1. Select a topic or theological theme from McGrath, such as a?The Last Things.a? Notice that the chapter is divided into various sub-points. Research and study one of the sub-points more thoroughly for this paper. For example, you might choose to study a?the Christian view of death.A conversation with your instructor may help you get a clearer focus. Write a one-sentence thematic sentence which will guide your research and writing.
Three areas should be researched under your selected topic: (a) the biblical basis for the topic; (b) the historical context(s) of the topic as it was discussed at various times in the history of Christianity; and (c) the contemporary relevance of the topic. For example, if you chose the subject of the death, you would look for (a) the biblical passages that speak of the cause of death; then, you might research (b) the debate over the differences between how Christians and non-Christians view death as voiced by various Christian theologians throughout the past two thousand years; and finally, you would do some research into (c) the contemporary approaches to death and dying.
FORMAT OF YOUR PAPER:
1. Your paper should be concise. Clearly state your theme and purpose in the first paragraph. Make your points succinctly. Support the major idea with brief examples. Make sure there is some kind of an application to contemporary life.
2. Type your paper using the proper notation format for your program. Consistency is essential. Be sure to give proper documentation to the works you cite and/or use in your research. Provide the complete bibliographic information of the works you study, too.
3. A general rule of thumb is that you should have at least one footnote/endnote in every paragraph. You will need to have about a dozen sources in your bibliography and evidence that you used them in your paper. You may use the Internet for (at most) five sources, being sure you cite the source fully. A proper Internet footnote should read as follows:
Daniel A. McFarland, a?Resistance as a Social Drama: A Study of Change-oriented Encounter,a? American Journal of Sociology 109, no. 6 (May 2004), under a?Settings,a? 050199/050199.html (accessed May 3, 2010).
Note the subtle differences in a bibliographic Internet entry:
McFarland, Daniel A. a?Resistance as a Social Drama: A Study of Change-oriented Encounters.a? American Journal of Sociology 109, no. 6 (May 2004). 050199/050199.html (accessed May 3, 2006).
4. Plagiarism: The gravest sin in academia is plagiarism. Its frequency does not eliminate the seriousness of it for the student as well as the whole academic community. Plagiarism in simplest terms is copying another personas ideas or words without admitting it. There are many forms and many ways that such copying can be done. Sometimes it is in the form of rephrasing someone elseas ideas, without giving credit. In 14
many other situations, it is word-for-word copying of a sentence, a paragraph, or a whole paper from another source without identifying such copying. With the use of the Internet, the temptation is merely to cut-and-paste information into the body of a paper (oftentimes, the source is not readily apparent). This is becoming the most common form of plagiarism and students should be aware of this dimension of the offense. As a Christian institution, and because you are engaged in a theological discipline which reflects your spiritual life, you should be especially aware of and uphold the commandment, a?You shall not steal.a? Please, give credit where credit is due!
5. You will be graded on thoroughness of your research into the three major areas assigned (40%), the logic and clarity of your presentation (40%), and the grammar and format of the paper (20%).