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Read the article you select and then write a minimum of two full pages but not to exceed 3 pages in length. You are expected to read the articles with a critical eye and to interact with the author’s theology and worldview. Since you are not considered an authority, you must withhold personal references, opinions, attitudes, and values from the critiquing process. Please follow this template when writing each critique:
Contents Page (Section headings should be as follows: Introduction, Brief Summary, Critical Interaction, Conclusion, Selected Bibliography, See T., pp. 397-98)
The body of your critique includes the following sections:
I. Introduction (1 paragraph)
A. Provide a purpose statement.
B. Provide a brief overview of the paper’s contents.
II. Brief Summary (1 paragraph)
A. Capture the thesis of the article.
B. Share the overall content of the article.
III. Critical Interaction (1–2 paragraphs)
A. The point is not whether you agree with the author’s point of view, but that you recognize what the author is discussing and what theological issues are at stake.
B. It is important for you to document your assessment of the author throughout. If you evaluate the author’s opinion, give an example along with an endnote to designate an outside source where the opinion can be observed.
C. Where is the author coming from?
D. With what theological and biblical perspectives does he/she approach the subject?
E. What is the author’s goal?
F. Has the author developed his/her thesis logically?
G. What are the strengths and weaknesses of the author’s arguments?
H. What are some applications that arise from this article?
IV. Conclusion (1 paragraph)
A. This is where you wrap up your work by conveying how well the author achieved his/her goals. Very briefly summarize your evaluations here.
B. Does the author leave you with any questions? If so, what are they?
Selected Bibliography (on a separate page)
The minimum of two full pages not to exceed three page requirement refers to the Introduction, Brief Summary, Critical Interaction, and Conclusion sections. It does not include the Cover page, Contents page, or Selected Bibliography. If your critique exceeds the three-page requirement for sections I–IV, your grade will be reduced.
Formatting Requirements: Make sure your critiques are formatted in the following manner:
• Follow Turabian style (as specified in the Turabian manual) for the critique.
• Use footnotes to document research statements.
• Use 1” margins all around.
• Make text double-spaced.
• Use 12-point Times New Roman font.
• Indent the 1st line of a paragraph ½ inch.
• Do not insert any extra lines or additional points between paragraphs.
• Include a cover page, following the JAC Sample Cover Page in Blackboard for form.
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