Exercise on a Prayerful Response to the Course

Consider this half of your "final exam": the first of two invitations to think of the material we have been studying as a whole, even though closure is several weeks away. The final paper will be the second.

Reflect on what you have been exposed to these past few weeks, particularly the material on theological, canonical, and political standardization through Constantinianism and now Ehrman's rebuttal of Allison's and Wilken's orthodox historiography. It is still a little early to render a judgment on this material, but it is not too early to begin to exercise discernment in evaluating it. So:

On behalf of your community of faith, your church tradition, and/or our class, write a prayer of thankfulness, repentance, praise, condemnation, exhortation, exorcism, etc. to God for the Christian heritages (which are your Christian heritages) that you have been learning about in the middle of our course. Consider Wilken, Allison, and Ehrman in particular, but also refer to the relevant chapters in Hall (citing your sources, of course; God loves a cheerful giver!).

Make this exercise fruit of an exercise in discernment of how God would have you respond as a steward of the traditions of the early Church.

Please keep your paper three pages, double-spaced, and follow the directions in my handout for writing papers. I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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