Deeply held beliefs influence every aspect of life, even when they are not clearly related to religion. This course helps you to become more literate in a major theological tradition (Christianity), and more aware of the ways that core beliefs play out in everyday life. This paper asks you to examine beliefs about the human person found in an everyday item of your choice, and to discern how those beliefs are similar to, or different from, the beliefs studied in this course. This paper focuses on identifying beliefs when they are expressed in non-theological language, and comparing those expressions to Christian theological tradition as studied in this course, noting similarities and differences.
Write a 4-5 page paper (1000-1250 words) analyzing the anthropology implicit in a text of your choice from contemporary culture, and comparing that anthropology with Christian views studied in this course. Possibilities for a text include (but are not limited to):
Because you will compare and contrast the text with Christian views (see below), look for texts that are not from an obviously Christian point of view. Look also for texts that will give you a lot to work with. If you are not sure if your choice is appropriate, please run it past me soon.
What does “anthropology” mean? In this context, it means the view of human beings found in the text. “Implicit” indicates that the text most likely will not come right out and say “Here’s how we view the human person…” You will have to look beneath the surface of the text.
Analyze how the text views the following questions of anthropology:
Not every text will address every one of these questions, but try to find a text that will be relevant to several of them. Choose TWO of these questions, briefly compare and contrast Christian anthropology with the anthropology of your chosen item. Use Genesis, Aquinas, Himes, “Testament of a Murdered Monk,” Tanner and the ICT textbook to support your analysis. Be sure to cite your sources accurately.
How will you be graded? Check out the rubric here
Suggestions and Guidelines for writing papers in THEO 200
Use simple but standard English. No slang or unnecessarily complicated language.
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