Reflection on the Identity of God

A future assignment will have you interview someone else regarding his or her understanding of God and analyze that person's responses according to what you are learning in this course. This is a preliminary exercise to help prepare you by strengthening your knowledge of what the Christian tradition says about God.

Write reading notes on either Barron chapters 6-8 (or, optionally, 6-10) or either Barth chapters 5-9 (optionally 5-13) or Ratzinger part I — if you chose Barth last time, choose Ratzinger this time, and vice versa — that focus on the writer's description of God and the basis for his claims. (Writing notes on those optional extra chapters will not necessarily raise your grade; I am letting you do it here because it may help you review for the midterm and/or improve the paper this exercise is preparing for.)

Annotate your notes with italicized observations of how this material can guide how you choose your interviewee, the questions you ask, and/or how you analyze the responses.

You may if you wish also annotate your reading notes with observations from other course materials (lectures, Wilken, special readings, etc.) as they bear upon your interview, but that is an optional aspect of this assignment.

Please write your paper as a two-page single-spaced prose outline (three pages if you are taking the longer chunk of the reading). Pay attention to every part of that question. In other respects, follow the other 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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