Brian Moynahan ends his book The Faith with the following "conclusion":
At [Christianity's] heart remains the Son of God who is also the resurrected Son of Man. It is a faith exposed to the inconstancies and energies of mankind. Any may be touched by the divine, by grace, and the Holy Spirit, and its history continues to be shot through with those who so claim, and with their vanities, feuds, inspirations, beauties, and catastrophes. Its consolations and compassion are its own (730).
(Sorry to steal his thunder, but his ending is not exactly a cliff-hanger anyway.)
Pretend you are Moynahan's editor at Doubleday. As editors go, you are rather young and outspoken. Based on the material you have covered so far, write a one-page letter to Moynahan telling him the conclusion you have drawn from his descriptions of Christian belief. Accompany it with a two-page rationale, pointing out specific claims in his own book that support your conclusion (over his, if yours differs). You should appeal to other course materials (lectures, Galli and Olsen, McKim, etc.) as secondary sources to support your opinions.
You will want to be blunt enough that Moynahan (as a journalist) appreciates the power of your argument, and polite enough that you do not drive him (as an author) away from Doubleday!
Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. As always, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.
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