A. We give up the Literal Day theory, unless one accepts the Appearance of Age variation on that theory. Although the Literal Day theory is understandably popular in fundamentalist circles, I have shown elsewhere in this essay by references to Scripture that it is not the only viable theory. The Literal Day theory is one interpretation of the first chapters of Genesis. I am committed to the Bible, but not to a single interpretation of it. We do not give up the authority of the Bible!
I believe that this argument is a human-centered viewpoint that undermines the authority of the Bible. The Bible is full of examples where human judgment was dead wrong about what God considers to be "very good." The prophet Samuel wanted to anoint Jesse's eldest son Eliab as King of Israel, but God instructed him to anoint the youngest son, David, instead (1 Samuel 16:1-13). St. Peter had to be directed three times in a vision to share the Gospel with Gentiles when he thought they were unclean (Acts 10:1-29).
Topic Selection: Where to Begin?
As indicated earlier, it may seem like your topics are extremely limited, but topic selection not as limited as it may seem. You can very easily take some current events and fit them into the discussion from class and WARAC. Most of the issues we deal with in life have something to do with power, authority, or disobedience. These following questions my help guide you in topic selection:
• Is there a system of authority in place? Who is in charge, and why?
• Are there any sort of legal issues, cultural conflicts, or power struggles between individuals or groups?
• How does this issue relate to me? How am I influenced or impacted by power, authority, and resistance?
A quick scan of recent events in the news is also very telling in regards to potential topics. You’ll find if you simply keep your eyes and ears open, there are plenty of things to write about for this essay.
Using the same research and argumentative methods employed in Essay 2, you will write a 4-5 page essay, using 3-5 sources, to successfully and thoroughly detail a specific argument. While it may seem like your topic choices are limited, I assure you they are not – they must simply relate to the chapter material at hand. You must also address and respond to at least one opposing argument in your essay. The basics of including opposing views/voices into your essay will be covered in class. Unlike Essay 2, this essay does not require use of a source from WARAC. However, you may still use the articles from the Obedience to Authority chapter if you so choose.
Also, when researching, do not simply do a Google search or use Wikipedia as a source! You may use web sources, but these are better found via the Thompson library, or by looking at content on well known and reputable websites (usually news stations, newspaper websites, or organization websites).
Multiple Source Essay #2 – Obedience to Authority
You’ve completed one researched argumentative essay for this course. Before moving on to the final project, another essay will help practice more of the research and argumentative methods you will have to employ. For this essay, topics must be related to (or based upon) readings from the Obedience to Authority chapter in WARAC. You will research and evaluate materials to help argue for a particular position, solution to a problem, or cause behind a certain trend or phenomenon. In addition, you will be required to use research to connect and support your argument, as well as forward the discussion on your topic.
This essay came about only because anti-evolution views were thrust forward at a worship service. I heed the warning in Titus 3:9-11: "Don't get involved in arguing over unanswerable questions and controversial theological ideas; keep out of arguments and quarrels about obedience to Jewish laws, for this kind of thing isn't worthwhile; it only does harm. If anyone is causing divisions among you, he should be given a first and second warning. After that have nothing more to do with him, for such a person has a wrong sense of values. He is sinning, and he knows it."
But the original Hebrew word has more meanings than that. can mean the planet, the land and its inhabitants, ground, soil, country, or territory (Zodhiates, page 1600-1601). When the late Menachem Begin and other Zionists speak of , or Greater Israel, they are referring to Israel's pre-1967 boundaries plus Jerusalem and the West Bank of the Jordan River. They are not laying claim to the Himalayas. If we understand to mean the region of the Middle East, then the story of Noah's flood does not have to cover Mt. Everest at 29,028 feet.Let the Earth Bring Forth.
The phrase "let the earth bring forth..." occurs three times in Genesis 1 (verses 11, 20 with water, 24). It does not refer to simple growth from nutrients, because this chapter is about creation. The literal meaning of this phrase matches theistic evolution better than any other creation theory! It's almost a definition of theistic evolution, which is why I put it at the top of this essay. God commanded the earth to produce animals, and the planet did so according to His command.These verses contradict the idea of direct creation of non-human life forms. Carnivores
There are several verses in Genesis that are taken to mean that animals were vegetarian until the Flood. Genesis 1:30 states: "And to every beast of the earth, and to every fowl of the air, and to every thing that creepeth upon the earth, wherein there is life, I have given every green herb for meat: and it was so." After the Flood, God states in Genesis 9:3 "Every moving thing that liveth shall be meat for you; even as the green herb have I given you all things."I like the idea expressed in Genesis 1:30 of God's providence for all creatures. I also like the idea of the Peaceable Kingdom, where the lion lies down with the lamb and there is no violence. We don't have a clear indication of when the carnivorous animals switched to eating meat, because Genesis 9:3 refers only to mankind. Job 39:27-30 could indicate that eagles were created as carnivorous animals, but it's not clear enough by itself. I have looked at the sharp teeth of a Tyrannosaurus rex, and they don't look like something created by an to chew vegetation. Since I understand the references to death in Romans 5:12 to mean spiritual death, the presence of carnivorous animals does not pose a theological problem. This issue is not essential for salvation. I simply don't know how Genesis 1:30 fits in with what I can observe about animals. When taken with verse 29, the two verses could be merely a description of who gets to eat what kind of vegetation (man - seeds and fruit, animals and birds - grasses and plants). I do know that verse 30 occurs in a section that describes God's providence for all creatures, and that is the faith message I can take from it.With regard to pre-history and evolution, we do not know how long satan has been allowed some measure of influence and interference in the world. The Garden of Eden sounds somewhat like a sanctuary set up by God to guard Adam and Eve against the outside world. Was there trouble and danger out there even before the Fall of Mankind?In any case, the creation account in Genesis 1-2 is incomplete. Astronomy shows us this in a spectacular fashion. I think that the biological account in Genesis is also incomplete. Who can completely describe the mighty work of creation in just 2 chapters? Not Moses, nor any other possible human author of Genesis. God Almighty rested for the only time recorded in the Bible! I think there is a lot more that happened historically than just those relatively few words in Genesis 1-2. I think a few sentences cover millions of historical years, such as in Genesis 2:7: "The time came when the Lord God formed a man's body from the dust of the ground and breathed into it the breath of life. And man became a living person."Is the Bible incomplete? Yes, John says so at the end of his Gospel, in 20:30-31: "There were many other signs that Jesus worked and the disciples saw, but they are not recorded in this book. These are recorded so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing this you may have life through his name." John repeats the "incomplete" assertion in 21:25: "There were many other things that Jesus did; if all were written down, the world itself, I suppose, would not hold all the books that would have to be written."What we have is sufficient for Faith. The details left out are interesting, but they are not needed for Faith and Salvation. So we need not worry about the Bible being incomplete. We have enough testimony, both for our own faith and to witness to the world. I don't usually grind through the beginning of Genesis verse by verse, trying to match each one individually with a scientific or historical finding. I think that that approach obscures the greater faith message of the Author.
Compose a well-developed argumentative essay in response to the following prompt. You must properly cite at least THREE DIFFERENT articles we have read in this unit in your response essay. The more you reference and use the articles correctly to back up your argument, the higher your grade will be.
Based on our readings and the various experiments that we have read about, what are the main external forces that influence a person’s willingness to obey authority?
Support your argument by using specific example scenarios and relevant quotes, summaries, and or paraphrases from our text. Please be sure to properly introduce and cite all relevant materials in your text according to MLA format. I DO expect a Works Cited page at the end of your essay. I do expect all in-text citations to be accurate and complete.
If you are still unsure how to use in-text citations, look at the posted websites and text pages in previous folders.
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