26 January 2011

"The Truth Will Set You Free!" (Week Four)

WEEK FOUR READING: Please complete the assigned reading as indicated on the syllabus ("Course Overview"), including the added Kreeft pages.

WEEK FOUR ESSAY: Please choose and write your response to ONE of the questions listed below, then email your essay as an attachment in .doc(x) or .pdf format to Christina by WEDNESDAY morning, February 2nd at 10:00am.

1. What does John Paul II mean when he says the truth (veritas) is a matter of splendor, and why is this significant for the nature of morality? How does the notion of splendor relate to other important concepts in the Pope’s doctrine (e.g. “desire” or “longing,” the “good,” the “sequela Christi”)? Please be sure to use examples from VS.

2. Contrast contemporary culture's understanding of "freedom" (as unlimited choice, for example) with the authentic freedom defined and explained (as "gift and task") by John Paul II. Please be sure to use examples from VS.

Please remember these GUIDELINES for ESSAYS:
Each week, you will be expected to write an essay that responds to a question and demonstrates your knowledge of the material covered in class. These essays are less formal than typical academic essays in that they do not require secondary research. However, typical stylistic conventions such as grammar, spelling, and usage are still and always important! Essays should be two (2) pages in length. This means four (4) to five (5) completely developed paragraphs, cohesively organized around a solid thesis statement and supporting arguments. FORMAT: Each essay should be double-spaced, using Times New Roman font at 12pt with standard margins (1” top-bottom, 1.25” right-left). No cover page is needed, but your name and the date should appear at the top of the first page. Both form and content will be evaluated.


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