Final Paper Instructions
In 8-10 pages you will construct a protocol for decision making that is based on your life’s journey to date, the Bible, and this course.
The paper should:
- Identify your “absolutes” and why they were selected (e.g. Biblical references/personal experience/convictions/etc…),
- Delineate the methodology you will employ when deciding health and/or other ethical issues of life,
- Identify what decision making strategy, if any, you would adopt if a clear answer/solution is not biblically evident by commandment or guideline or inference, and
- If compelled by a directive (e.g. by an employer, government official, etc.) not in accordance with your “absolutes”, describe what action(s) you are prepared to implement.
In Module/Week 8, you will be required to submit an 8-10 page paper in which you integrate the course reading and video lectures to construct a clear and delineated: Protocol for decision making.
Please provide a detailed presentation which is organized according to the following format:
PART I- Provide a brief Introductory Summary (Must include a clear Thesis Statement).
PART II- Identify key absolutes critical for healthy, biblical decision making. (Although this content may be subjective in nature because it represents your personal opinions, please DO NOT reference yourself in this section). Please be sure to provide clear, biblical support for your rationale.
PART III- Delineate a clear strategy or methodology one could employ when deciding health-related and/or other ethical issues of life. This process must include a minimum of 4 steps and no more than 10 steps. (Ex: Pray, seek wise counsel, employ trial and error techniques, consult physicians, research viable options, explore scripture…etc)
PART IV– Identify a decision making strategy one could employ when a clear answer/solution is NOT biblically evident by commandment, guideline or inference.
PART V- If you were compelled by a directive (e.g. by an employer, government official, etc.) that was not in accordance with YOUR “absolutes”, describe what action(s) YOU are prepared to implement to uphold your personal absolutes. (This is the only section of the paper which should include any personal references.)
BIBLIOGRAPHY – Please note that you must have at least THREE supplementary sources (in addition to the text and the Bible) that are used in the development and presentation of your paper. It is important to note that Wikipedia is NOT a credible source for this paper. Please make sure to use APA or AMA formatting when citing your work.
At this level of academic learning, a student’s writing skills become increasingly important. In addition to providing graduate-level content, students must take great care with the tone, flow, organization, readability and clarity of their work.