Evangelical Theological Society

NEED THE WRITER OF MY RESEARCH PAPER TO DO THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE TO USE AN ARTICLE THAT IS THE SAME SUBJECT MATTER AS WHAT THE RESEARCH PAPER IS On the other hand, Journal Article Critique 2 is a required part of the research process for your Research Paper. Since you will have finalized your Research Paper topic by the time this second critique is due, you must pick an article that is relevant to your topic. If your article and critique show no relevance to the Research Paper topic, you will lose 10 points from your graded critique. Journal Article Critique 2 is due by the end of Module/Week 5.

Purposes: Besides preparing you for the Research Paper, the critiques have several purposes:
To expose you to scholarly journal articles.
To train you to write with clarity and concision.
To develop your ability to critically analyze scholarly works.
To teach you how to properly utilize the Turabian format.
To improve your technical writing skills (e.g., grammar and syntax).

Details: For each critique, find a peer-reviewed, scholarly journal article about 10 pages long that covers an area in this course. A few peer-reviewed journals are the Journal of the Evangelical Theological Society, Bib Sac, Grace Theological Journal, and the Westminster Theological Journal. Since magazines (e.g., Christianity Today, Visions, etc.) are not considered scholarly, they do not contain appropriate articles to critique. The following are some topics you may want to consider for your critiques:

Philosophy of Language

Existentialism
Process Theology
Christianity and Culture
General Revelation
Special Revelation
Biblical Authority
Biblical Inspiration
Biblical Inerrancy
Attributes of God
Preexistence of God
Eternal Generation
Providence of God
Divine Sovereignty/Free Will
Predestination/Foreknowledge
Theodicy/The Problem of Evil
Creationism vs. Evolution
The Image of God in Man
Total Depravity
Trichotomy/Dichotomy
Traducianism
Christianity and Abortion
The Fall of Man
Original Sin
Read the article you select and then write your two-page critique. 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. Instead, follow this template when writing each critique:
I. Brief Summary (1 paragraph)
a. Capture the thesis of the article.
b. Share the overall content of the article.
II. Critical Interaction (1 to 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?
III. 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?
IV. Endnotes (on a separate page, if any)
The two-page requirement refers to the Brief Summary, Critical Interaction, and Conclusion sections. It does not include the cover page or the Endnotes. If you exceed the two-page requirement for sections I and III,  your grade will be reduced.

Formatting Requirements: Make sure your critiques are formatted in the following manner:
Follow Turabian margins all around.
Make text double-spaced.
Use 12-point Times New Roman font.
Indent paragraphs 5 spaces (or 0.6 inch).
Insert any extra lines between paragraphs.
Use endnotes instead of footnotes.
Include a cover page, following the JAC Sample Cover Page in Blackboard for form.
Grading: Consult the Journal Article Critique Rubric to see how you will be graded for each critique. Students typically lose the most points in the Critical Interaction section. For whatever reason, some students have trouble discussing the strengths and weaknesses of the article.

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