APOLOGETICS APPLICATION PAPER – PART 2 SUBMISSION FORM
Make sure you read and understand the Apologetics Application Paper Instructions document (available in Blackboard) before you attempt to complete any part of this form.
Do not change any aspect of this form; and do not delete anything from this form. Instead, just type your content in the spaces provided, below. Before typing your content, you should review the entire document to be sure you understand what is required.
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Instructions for this submission.
The purpose of Part 2 is to provide you the opportunity to solidify the structure and content of what will become your final paper, as well as revise and refine the material you submitted in Part 1.
Recall that, based on the requirements listed in the Apologetics Application Paper instructions, the basic outline for your paper will follow this structure:
II. Summary of the Worldview
III. Evaluation of the Worldview
IV. Evaluation of Christianity
V. Defense of Christianity
In this submission, you will provide the introduction paragraph for the final paper, detailed content for each of the four major sections in the body of the paper, and a complete bibliography.
Section I. Introduction Paragraph for the Final Paper:
In the space below, type a draft of the introduction paragraph for your final paper. The introduction will include only the following required elements:
- Identify the topic of the paper, the purpose of the paper, and the worldview you are writing about.
- State clearly in 1 sentence your main claim about the worldview you have selected. This is your thesis sentence. This sentence will be evaluative in nature and must be consistent with the instructions and goals of the assignment. (Example thesis: “This paper will show that secular humanism fails when evaluated by objective criteria and that Christianity provides a superior belief system.”)
- Give a concise overview of what you will present in the paper that supports the thesis.
Type your draft introduction paragraph here:
Section II: Summary of the Worldview
Restate and build on what you submitted for Part 1. In the space below, type the major categories of belief, and for each one describe the beliefs of the worldview you are writing about. As with Part 1, each item listed below must be one of the main categories of belief named in Chapter 4 of the Groothuis text. This section will reflect your progress in correcting, refining, restating, and expanding what you submitted in Part 1.
(add as much as necessary to adequately summarize the main beliefs of the worldview)
Section III: Evaluation of the Worldview
Restate and build on what you submitted for Part 1. In the space below, type the evaluation criteria you will use to evaluate the worldview. As with Part 1, each item must be one of the main evaluation criteria named in Groothuis Chapter 3. This section will reflect your progress in correcting, refining, restating, and expanding what you submitted in Part 1.
(add as much as necessary to adequately evaluate the worldview)
Section IV: Evaluation of Christianity
This is new material, not previously submitted with Part 1. While you have already used Groothuis’s criteria for worldview evaluation to evaluate the worldview you are writing about, here you will use those same criteria to evaluate Christianity. In the space below, list the exact same evaluation criteria you listed in Section III, and give a brief explanation of how Christianity passes each test and comes out better than the other worldview.
(add as much as necessary to adequately evaluate Christianity, to form a parallel with Section III of your paper)
Section V: Defense of Christianity
This is new material, not previously submitted with Part 1. In this section, you will build a defense of Christianity. As you think specifically about the worldview you are addressing in this paper, use the various arguments and evidences presented in the course materials to develop a defense of Christianity. The instructions indicate that this section of the paper must include at least 2 of the following items:
- Christianity’s answer to the problem of evil
- several arguments for God’s existence
- defense of the resurrection of Jesus
- defense of objective truth and moral values.
In the space below, list at least two of these items, and provide a brief explanation of how you will use them to support and defend Christianity in the final paper.
(adjust the number of points in this section of the outline, as appropriate)
Section VI: Conclusion
Your final paper must have a proper conclusion, but you are not required to write your conclusion paragraph for this Part 2 submission. When you do write it for your final paper, keep in mind that the conclusion must give a very brief summary of your paper. It should give an overview of the main points you used in your paper to defend your thesis. In many ways, the conclusion will parallel the introduction.
In the space below list at least 10 scholarly sources (not including your course textbooks) that you will use in your research for this paper. You may use the course textbooks in writing the final paper, but do not list them here. Abide by the guidelines and definitions of what a scholarly source is, as stated in the instructions.