Instructions for this
Part 1: Make sure you
read and understand the Apologetics Application Paper Instructions document
before you attempt to complete any part of this form. Attempted submissions that do not use
the submission form provided will not be accepted for credit.
To complete this part of the project, download this form to your computer,
save it with a different file name using your last name and the assignment name,
and type your submission directly in the space provided below. Do not change
any aspect of the formatting, arrangement, or layout of this form. In the space
below, provide the information indicated.
Of the 3 choices listed
in the Apologetics Application Paper Instructions, which worldview will you write
about in this paper?
Worldview selected: _____________________________
Summary of Significant Beliefs of the Worldview
In Chapter 4 of
Groothuis’s Christian Apologetics, he
describes the Christian worldview using several major categories of belief. For
this section of your paper, you will describe the worldview you have selected
to write about using these same categories of belief. For example, what does
the worldview you have selected believe about ultimate reality? What do they
believe about the source of morality?
You do not need to cover all of the categories Groothuis mentions in
Chapter 4, but you must discuss as many as possible (even if you will not
mention all of them in your final paper).
You must present this material in a bullet-list form with concise
statements for each category mentioned. You will have the opportunity to
revise, expand, or change these ideas in the next stage of the project.
Preliminary Evaluation Ideas
In Chapter 3 of
Groothuis’s Christian Apologetics, he
provides a framework for how a worldview can be evaluated. This presentation
focuses on 8 criteria that can be used to evaluate a worldview. In this
section, give a preliminary bullet-list of the criteria that you think will be
most relevant to your evaluation of the worldview you have selected. For each
bullet in the list, name the criterion and give a concise statement of how you
will use that criterion to evaluate the worldview you are writing about. Be as
specific as possible. You will have the opportunity to revise, expand, or
change these ideas in the next stage of the project.
How is Christianity Better?
In this section,
provide preliminary, basic descriptions of the ways in which Christianity is a
better, more rational alternative to the worldview you have selected to write
about. To say that Christianity is better means that it has more reasonable
answers to challenges that may be raised when evaluated using Groothuis’s
criteria. You must present plausible reasons to deem that Christianity is true
and, particularly, reasons that might persuade someone who is not a Christian
to believe that Christianity is true.
Note that you cannot merely describe what Christians believe and assert that it is better. Instead, you
must give reasons for how and why
Christianity is a better worldview. Quotations from the Bible will not satisfy
the requirements for this section. You must provide reasons based on assigned
course readings and your own research.
Present your ideas in bullet-list form with just 1 or 2 concise
statements describing each idea. Provide as many ideas as you think are
necessary. You will have the opportunity to revise, expand, or change these
ideas in the next stage of the project.
In addition to your
course textbooks, list 3–4 scholarly sources of the 10 that you will use in
your research for this paper. A scholarly source is one that is published in
print by an academic publisher, university, or scholarly society. Academic
journal articles and printed books (or electronic facsimile copies of these)
are acceptable sources. Articles appearing on scholarly websites published and
maintained by universities or scholarly societies (such as the Stanford
Encyclopedia of Philosophy) may be used, but generic websites (such as
bible.org, CARM.org, Wikipedia, personal websites, blogs, etc.) must not be
used. Format each according to current Turabian and LUSD requirements for a
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