188.8.131.52.1 The Faith and Learning Paper (see rubric in appendix 4.12.12)
A Faith and Learning Paper is one that demonstrates integration at the knowledge level by defining an “integrative” question(s) and exploring the issues involved in addressing it within a Christian frame of reference. Such a paper demonstrates the constructive way in which the scholar-teacher understands the academic discipline as well as the truth claims of Christian faith and how those two arenas of discourse can be thoughtfully and appropriately related to each other. Accordingly, the faith-learning paper will:
a) Deal with one or a few important knowledge claims and practices that derive from the discipline as currently practiced by identifying a question or issue that also engages Christian faith.
b) Show how certain truth claims of the discipline are integrally related to elements of a Christian world view, either in a compatible or incompatible manner. If considered incompatible by the paper, the paper will show how compatibility might be generated or sought. The compatibility or incompatibility of the disciplinary truth claims with the Christian faith must be argued, not assumed.
c) Make a constructive proposal displaying the importance and relevance of Christian faith elements in understanding, revising, reconstituting, transforming, and/or practicing the discipline in a way that comports well with authentic Christian faith and practice.
Ordinarily Faith and Learning Papers will:
a) Have a single subject or focus that defines the nature of the disciplinary issue(s) to be explored in relationship to Christian faith.
b) Be written in accordance with the professional standards of writing that are common in the discipline for publishable papers.
c) Be substantial in length and depth of the treatment of the issue (minimum of 20 pages, double-spaced, plus bibliography).
The evaluation of Faith and Learning Papers will consider:
a) The degree to which the paper addresses its subject matter and issues in a clear, cogent and coherent manner that demonstrates mastery of the methodology and content of an academic discipline. It must be adequate in terms of the current state of the discipline.
b) The degree to which the paper draws upon significant and appropriate elements of the Christian faith in reflecting upon the disciplinary issue(s) and what it might mean to think Christianly in that area. This involves the use of Scripture in context, showing sensitivity to hermeneutical considerations of interpretation. It includes the choice and understanding of basic Christian themes relevant to the discussion. It must be adequate in terms of its use of the resources of Christian thinking.
c) The degree to which the paper interacts appropriately with at least some of the literature already published on issues of faith-learning integration within the discipline as well as the particular issue(s) that serves as the integrating subject matter of the paper (if available). It must be adequate in terms of acquaintance and appropriate use of the literature available on faith-learning integration in the area of discourse.
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