Research Paper Instructions
Following on your Topic Selection (Module/Week 2) and Annotated Bibliography (Module/Week 4), you will now write a 1,000- to 1,200-word paper about one of the non-traditional views of the days of Genesis 1 and compare/contrast it with a traditional 24-hour day, young-Earth view of Genesis 1. The paper must follow current Turabian format, as this is the preferred format for the Society of Biblical Literature. The paper will be divided into the following sections:
- A title page. See the example in Turabian format at https://www.liberty.edu/casas/academic-success-center/wp-content/uploads/sites/28/2019/04/Author-Date_Style_Sample_Paper.pdf
- A 100- to 150-word abstract that summarizes the purpose and findings of your paper.
- A 350- to 400-word “Overview of [Non-traditional View]” section that documents the view’s origin and its specific take on the days of Genesis 1. The goal of this section is to present the non-traditional view concisely but fairly, without editorial comment or counterarguments. Describe and discuss this view as if it were being presented by a well-informed proponent. Topics to address include, but are not limited to:
- Where and when this view entered the theological discussion on origins.
- The specific view of how the Hebrew word “day” is translated or understood in Genesis 1.
- How Creation Week is treated as a whole (e.g., as a historical sequence, literary convention, non-historical myth, etc.).
- Does this view make specific claims about the timing of creation in history or not? For example, does the view require an ancient Earth and universe, or does it specify if/when the days correspond to Earth history?
- A 400- to 450-word “Response to [Non-traditional View]” section that critically evaluates the nontraditional view from young-Earth creation sources. The goal of this section is to engage with the non-traditional view, evaluating and responding to its claims. Topics to address include, but are not limited to:
- How the non-traditional view interprets “day” accurately or inaccurately in Genesis 1.
- Points of agreement/disagreement with the sequence of creation events in Genesis 1 as espoused by young-Earth creation.
- Implications for changes to historical Biblical timelines, such as the age of creation, time of creation of Adam, and/or other events recorded in the early passages of Genesis (e.g., Noah’s flood).
- Does this view require significant changes to, or rethinking of, important Christian doctrines?
- A 150- to 200-word conclusion summarizing your findings and providing your perspective of the views presented.
- A bibliography of references used (minimum of five references; you may use up to ten sources for the paper). This bibliography does not need annotations; only the reference material is required.
Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.