Social Sciences in Biblical Worldview
Throughout this course, you have been working on your Christian Faith & the Sciences essay. In Week 2, you wrote an initial draft, and in every week since, you have slowly revised and improved each major section, in keeping with your growing knowledge of the natural sciences, mathematics, and the social sciences and how each of them can be understood and informed by a biblical worldview. Now that we’ve reached the end of the course, the time has come to submit your Final Draft. In order to complete this assignment, you will need to do 3 things: Write your Introduction & Conclusion: Until this point, you have been writing and revising the body of the paper. Now, it is time to pull this material together into a cogent argument. Your paper needs to answer 2 questions: how are these 3 disciplines similar, and how are they different? Answer these 2 questions in a single sentence—this is the thesis of your paper. Write your introduction to set up this thesis. Once you are done with that, write a conclusion that shows the reader your paper proves this thesis. Edit the body of your paper: While you have been developing the 3 parts of your paper, it is now time to ensure that each part of the paper answers the 2 questions we’ve laid out. Go through each of the 3 parts (each part should be about 3–5 paragraphs) to see that they answer the 2 questions in a way that agrees with your thesis. It may take some work to alter each part so that it agrees with your thesis; this can be the most challenging part of writing, as well as the most rewarding. Review your citations and resources: Students often write their papers from their own ideas, without properly supporting those ideas with a source. At this stage of the writing process, be sure that you support all of your main ideas and supporting statements with quotations (direct and indirect) and citations from reliable sources. For this paper, you can rely primarily on your course textbooks. As a general rule, each paper should have at least 3 citations per page; this isn’t a magic number, but if you include at least 3 citations per page, then you are, at minimum, supporting your key assertions. You cannot over-cite, so include as many citations as you are able. Your Final Draft should be considerably longer than your initial draft (at least 4 pages or more). You may draw from any of your course readings or lectures as well as any external sources you find illuminating. Be sure to cite references in current MLA format. When you’re finished, submit the Final Draft of your essay here for grading. Contact your instructor if you have any questions.