Writing assignment 1
Predestination and free will
This assignment asks you to read two primary texts written by Christians from the past in dialogue with one another and respond to several prompts. One goal of this assignment is to familiarize you with different ideas about the idea of free will. Another goal is to exercise the practice of charitable reading. Think about why each author felt strongly about his position and his interpretation of scripture.
Read these two excerpts from Exploring Christian Heritage:
Write a short paper (500-600 words) that incorporates your responses to one or more of the following prompts:
How do Pelagius and Calvin differ in their understanding of the role of free will in the process of salvation?
How does each use the Bible to support his view of salvation and free will?
Why do you think each author’s view was important to him? What was at stake for each?
Submit your paper via Canvas by Friday, March 1st at 5:00 PM.
Yes, spelling and grammar count. In addition, your paper should demonstrate your ability to:
Carefully read and understand the ideas presented by another person.
Analyze, compare, and contrast different points of view objectively and respectfully.
Communicate your ideas in a clear, concise manner that is polished, professional, and free of typos, colloquialisms, slang, emoticons, etc.
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