The American Evangelical Story
Book Analyses Instructions
The Purpose of a Book Analysis
In advancing an analysis, you are accepted to access a book from a analytical standpoint to thoroughly collaborate with the author’s theological, biblical, and historiographical perspectives. Since you are not advised an authority, it is important that you abstain claimed references, opinions, attitudes, values, etc. from this process, except area appropriate below.
(cf. Turabian chiral for added details)
Since this is a graduate-level course, affidavit charge be abutting to apriorism quality. As such, the Book Assay charge accommodated the minimum formatting standards authentic below. Grammar, idiom, and spelling charge be up to alum level. Qualities admired accommodate clarity, succinctness, and precision.
Your cardboard charge be 750–800 words, chase accepted Turabian format, and accommodate the following:
Cover folio appropriately formatted to the School of Divinity template
1-inch margins (top, bottom, and sides)
Double-spaced curve (approximately 3 vertical curve per inch, 27 curve per page)
12-point Times New Roman font
Paragraphs biconcave 0.6 inch (our apriorism accepted is 5/8 inch)
No added band break amid paragraphs (just bash the branch as defined above)
Underlined (or bolded) area headings (should follow Table of Contents)
Breakdown of the Analysis
I. Addition (125 words maximum)
Your addition charge be a distinct but able paragraph that reveals what you intend to appearance to the reader. This is your “thesis statement.” Your apriorism account needs to be accounting with what you appetite to say about the book in mind. In ablaze of the author’s apriorism and how he/she develops it, what do you appetite to say about it and how do you intend to advance your thesis?
Your addition charge additionally accommodate a abrupt assay of background abstracts about the book, the author, and (where relevant) the affair under altercation in the book.
II. Abrupt Arbitrary (250 words maximum)
The abstraction is not to accompaniment what every distinct affiliate is all about. Instead, you charge abduction the capital idea(s) of the book and the basal subtopics and themes.
The arbitrary charge be a abrupt overview of what the book is all about, the issues, themes, and solutions that the columnist is ambience forth.
This area gauges your adeptness to analyze the capital point of a book and differentiate amid axial and peripheral ideas.
III. Analytical Interaction with the Author’s Assignment (450 words minimum)
The point is not whether you accede with the author’s point of view, but whether you admit the author’s intentions and what apostolic issues ability be at stake.
It is important to certificate your appraisal of the author throughout. If you accomplish a acumen of the author’s opinion, you should accommodate an example, forth with a comment to baptize area this assessment appears in the text.
Your assay charge accord with the afterward questions:
Where is the columnist advancing from, and what are the theological, biblical, and historiographical perspectives from which he/she approaches the subject?
What is the author’s goal?
Does the columnist prove his/her point? How? Why? Why not?
What are the strengths/weaknesses of the author’s arguments?
Are there any appear reviews of this work? What are they? Did you beam any accordant issues or questions aloft by these reviews? Explain. What important works accept been accounting on this aforementioned subject? How does this columnist analyze to others in agreement of content, approach, style, etc.? The Book Assay charge accommodate at atomic 2 bookish sources.*
Finally—and this is area your angle might be admissible—how ability a being (e.g., pastor, lay reader, scholar) appropriate the account conveyed in this work? For example, if the book relates to the doctrines of man or sin, how do the account “fit” with his/her occupation? Anticipate in agreement of answering the “so what?” question: In ablaze of what has been written, so what? What aberration does this advice make in my life, the activity of ministry, and the activity of the church?
IV. Conclusion (125 words maximum)
This is area you accompany calm all your interactions with the book. Wrap up your assay by carrying how able-bodied you anticipate the columnist achieves his/her goals and to what amount the declared purpose is achieved.
If you appear from a altered apostolic and/or historiographical persuasion—e.g., the columnist is Calvinist or Arminian, Dispensationalist or Covenantist, etc. and you are not—how does the columnist conflict with your preconceptions? Does the book accomplish you think? In what ways? Does the biographer leave you with any questions? What are they?
Book Assay – The American Evangelical Story is due by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Sunday of Module/Week 7.
* You may chase for appear reviews in the journal basis in Jerry Falwell Library. You may additionally chase for alternative appear works on the accountable or columnist application the Liberty University website.
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