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Final Paper on a Modern Christian Extremist-Movement
A 4–5 page paper (plus title page & bibliography) will be submitted to Blackboard by Dec. 10 at 11:59pm. Students will use Chicago formatting, with footnotes that follow SBL Style.
Students will examine a modern religious-extremist movement to uncover its connections and disconnects to the history of Christian extremism, and to critique the chosen movement’s reasoning & belief systems.
Course Materials from Section 1 will be employed to clarify why the student’s chosen movement is extremist, and to inform the student’s understanding of the group’s motives and actions.
What makes the chosen movement extremist, rather than just odd or unusual?
Do the members genuinely engage with biblical texts, or are biblical texts bent to fit their agendas/ideologies?
Course Materials from Sections 2–4 materials will be used to hold a mirror to the chosen movement.
Does the movement share similar beliefs, behaviors, justifications, or outreach strategies with movements we have covered in class? How is the chosen movement different?
Additional researched materials will be used to learn about the chosen movement. Students will spend time in the library using physical print-media and e-databases to learn about their movement and develop a clear thesis. A thesis is the paper’s overall argument: the main point. The entirety of the paper needs to revolve around its thesis.
Search strings to try in the databases: (also try the name of any one organization or group)
Atla Religion database:
Ebscohost in general: