PH 300 Classic Christian Philosophers

PH 300 Classic Christian Philosophers



Murray, Michael, ed.  Reason for the Hope Within.  Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co, 1998.

Sennett, James F., ed. The Analytic Theist: An Alvin Plantinga Reader. Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Co., 1998.

The current edition of Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations by Kate Turabian and revised by Wayne C. Booth, Gregory G. Colomb, and Joseph M. Williams, Chicago: University of Chicago Press is the formatting and style manual utilized. All assignments are required to follow the “Turabian” guidelines for the formatting of document style and formatting in general, and footnotes/endnotes/parenthetic citations, bibliographies, reference lists in particular. For this reason, students are required to have access to the current edition of this book


As a demonstration of your interaction with the concepts found in the required readings of this course, you will create an abstract for each required text. Before writing the abstracts, please see the instructions on completing this assignment corresponding to the delivery system in which you are registered for taking this course. Please compile all Abstracts onto a single file.


Abstract Content

1. Begin eachabstract with the bibliographic citation for the text. Please consult the current edition of Kate L. Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations for the citation information needed. The citation serves as the abstract title.

2. Beneath the citation write a one-page double-spaced abstract in normal font that describes in the following order:

· Key concepts in the book;

· Strengths and weaknesses of the text; and

· Issues or concerns raised for you in relationship to life, work, or ministry.

Abstract Format

The following is an example of the format for each abstract. The body of the abstract should be flush with the left margin with indented paragraphs. Please bold the whole citation to serve as the title, but don’t bold the abstract text.

Author Surname, First Name. Year. Title of the Book in Italics. City, State: Publisher. 

The citation for the text serves as the title and appears in bold, single-spaced, flush left for all lines of the citation. The one-page abstract begins below the title but is double-spaced and in normal font. Use one inch margins on all sides of your paper.

In the abstract text describe the key concepts in the book, strengths and weaknesses of the text, and issues or concerns raised for you in relationship to life, work, or ministry.


A Precis assignment is just a summary of the contents in the book. Do a Precis for the text in italics above. Do not engage or criticize the content, just provide a summary of the main contents of each chapter in your own words. Use Chapter and Section numbers as subject headers for your paper(s). Compile all precis papers into one file.

Your precis papers should be 1,500 words (5-6 pages of double-spaced text).

Formatting must be in accordance with Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition

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3 ASSIGNMENT 3: RESEARCH OR ARGUMENTATIVE PAPER (40%)Select a topic related to something in the reading material pertaining to this course, and write a research paper on the topic or an argumentative paper to demonstrate the validity of your chosen subject.In addition to your textbooks, use the Theological Library or equivalent to integrate at least four (4) outside, non-textbook sources into your written assignment.  Use footnotes in Turabian style to cite your references, and check to ensure that your paper is free from all grammatical, spelling, punctuation, and syntactical errors.

Formatting must be in accordance with Kate Turabian’s A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses, and Dissertations, 7th edition.



  • Use correct spelling and grammar.
  • Some assignments require a specific form or format—use as directed.
  • Font size must be 12 point, utilizing one of the following fonts Arial, Cambri, Georgia or Times New Roman
  • Include a title page formatted according to assignment submission protocols—i.e., the cover page that includes assignment instructions.

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