Reflection on a Sermon's Argument

I have placed sermons from Fleming Rutledge's Help My Unbelief throughout the course, next to particular themes and doctrines.

Choose one of Rutledge's sermons. (You may choose a sermon from later in the course if you wish.) Using Weston, analyze the structure of its argument. What are its premises and conclusions? What forms of reasoning does it use (example, analogy, authority, deduction, etc.)? Then, using Weston and other course materials (lectures, Scripture readings, Jinkins, Wilson, McLaren, my own articles) evaluate that argument. Where (if anywhere) is it strong, where (if anywhere) is it weak, and why?

You may find this exercise helpful in mastering the readings and lectures as you prepare for exams.

Please write your paper in the form of a one-page single-spaced prose outline (for an example, see page two of this link). Otherwise follow the directions in my handout for writing papers.

Remember, I want to see proper style, clear writing, a thorough answer to the question, and explicit citations of course materials.

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