Religion Pre-Draft: Using Different Types of Sources

Pre-Draft #1 (Using Different Types of Sources, 30 min)

  1. Examine handout featuring passages from several different readings from over the semester.
  2. Break into groups, with each group assigned one reading.
  3. Locate each use of a source in the assigned passage.
  4. Determine what kind of a source it is and how it’s being incorporated into the text (quote, paraphrase, summary).
  5. Discuss in group what that type of source (being used in that sort of way) contributes to the overall argument of the passage.
  6. Discuss results together as a class.

Assignment Underway:

Essay 3: In this assignment, you will select one issue over which there has been some recent territorial conflict between the discursive authorities of science and religion: your choices might include (but are not limited to) the ethics of undertaking research into cloning or stem cells, the morality of providing access to abortions, or the logic of teaching of evolution vs. creation.  Then, pretend you have been hired by a general-interest magazine to present an essay to its readers about that subject.  In your essay, argue how we ought to mix religious and scientific discourse in our public discussions of that issue.

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