Students will design a two-part project comprising a critical, theological exploration of a contemporary film in dialogue with one of the keynotes of Paul’s “gospel.” The final project then will be presented to the class, and the student will lead a discussion of the theological theme which was the focus of the project.
- The first part of the assignment will be a research paper detailing
this thematic, theological exploration.
- Research Guidelines:
- In order to have a clear understanding
of the Pauline theme under discussion, this will require consultation
of a minimum of 10–12 commentaries, Bible dictionaries, journal
articles, and other standard print resources for Biblical studies.
- No Internet
resources are permitted for the discussion of the Pauline corpus
without prior approval from the Instructor.
- A minimum
of 4–6 secondary sources discussing the film should be consulted
and incorporated into the essay.
- Some of the secondary sources discussing the film may be reputable
Internet publications, but complete authorship information must
be available and included in the essay’s Select Bibliography.
- Writing Guidelines:
- Remember to use specific scenes in the film to illustrate your
- Also, be sure to make specific references to the seven
undisputed Pauline letters and to secondary sources in support
of your theological claims.
- Scriptural references are to be incorporated
as parenthetical notes in the body of the text (e.g., Gal 3:16–18),
but secondary source materials should be cited in footnotes.
- Footnotes and the Select Bibliography should follow The Chicago
Manual of Style.
- If Internet sources are used for discussion of the film, the
first citation of a given source must include
an annotation that indicates why it
is a reputable and academically reliable source for this kind
of critical analysis.
- See Dr. McGinn's Writing
web for other guidelines and resources.
- Deadlines: This assignment will undergo multiple drafts, including
one that is peer reviewed.
See the course schedule for due dates for the various drafts.
- Submission: The
final draft should be submitted both in hard copy and digital form.
- The second part of the assignment comprises a short class
presentation, followed by peer response, Q&A, and class discussion.
- Presentation & Response Guidelines:
- The presentation will be allotted 7–10
- It should include a synopsis of the written
study, with any pertinent audio-visual aids to help the class
understand the key points of your theological analysis of the
- This will be followed by a brief peer response (3–5 minutes)
to the presentation, pointing out interesting arguments made
by the presenter and raising one or two questions for class discussion.
- Finally, there will be a brief Q&A
period (5–10 minutes) with the entire class, and a group discussion
of the theological theme that was the focus of the project.
See the course schedule for the due date for the presentation plan,
and for the actual class presentation/discussion.
- Submission: As with the project,
the presentation should be submitted in hard copy as well as digital