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Essay 3: Read Luther’s 95 Theses at the Internet Christian Library (http://www.iclnet.org/pub/resources/text/wittenberg/luther/ninetyfive.txt).
Martin Luther wrote these propositions in order to engage in a debate with fellow theologians. How do the issues Luther present for debate illustrate the problems in the Church of his day?
Essays: You will write three essays in this course, due in Weeks 3, 5, and 7. All essays are responses to questions based on your reading of primary source documents, but will require that you understand the background material presented in the required textbook. These questions are found in the class dropbox in Desire 2 Learn. The essays are worth 100 points each and must be between 300 and 500 words in length, double-spaced, and submitted to the dropbox in either MS Word or Rich Text Format.
In responding to the questions in the discussions and on the essay, you may want to use resources in addition to your textbook. This is encouraged, as it allows you to explore areas of interest in more detail. I do caution you, however, to be aware of any biases that some authors might have in dealing with the subject matter. Remember that Wikipedia is not an acceptable resource, as it is not refereed, and therefore not reliable. I recommend the sources found in the databases available through the Columbia College library. Be sure to document your sources properly using either the MLA or Turabian (Chicago Manual of Style) format. Essays that have any plagiarized material will receive zero points.
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