So what do you do with all this? Lots, I hope, but here are two alternatives for our final assignment.
1. Articulate a doctrine of scripture (an account of what the Bible is, what it does, what it's for, etc.) to address the needs of a particular context (say, your church, a ministry, a school, or some other specific setting). Your response should both speak specifically to that context, and transcend that context so that it offers lessons to other settings and situations. Use citations to acknowledge your debt to sources from our class (readings, presentations, etc.) and any other sources you decide to draw on, contrasts with positions in our course materials, and the like.
2. I have assigned a variety of articles I have written on various aspects of Christian doctrine on scripture, as well as my dissertation on the topic. Now that you've suffered through them, you get to play 'acquisitions editor'. Imagine that I have sent you a proposal for a book featuring those compiled articles, as well as other chapters I have not yet written. Write a response assessing the worth (high or low) of that compiled volume, including a recommendation for ways to improve and enrich. Where is the material weak and in need of change? Where does it need to be supplemented, especially if it is to meet the needs of its target audiences? Note that editors tend to be blunt in both their praise and their criticism — at least with me!
Please keep your paper 4 or so pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my suggestions for writing papers. There is no peer review component of this assignment. It is due by the beginning of our 'final exam' at either my house or to the RS secretary.
Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.
(Back to Schedule)