Write a formal position paper on one of the eight contemporary ethical issues, reflecting how study of the Abrahamic religions and their approaches to values and decision-making has influenced your thinking. The bibliography must include a minimum of 6 sources in addition to the textbook ( William A. Young, The World’s Religions: Worldviews and Contemporary Issues, 4th ed. (Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Prentice Hall, 2013). ISBN 13: 978-0205917617 ) (Note: A bibliography should contain both sources quoted/paraphrased and those used for background reading.) The paper should be approximately 5 to 6 typed, double-spaced pages in length and must follow the guidelines for formal research papers noted below.

Writing Standard and Grading Rubric

  1. Ideas/Content
  • addresses the writing prompt/assignment
  • insightful, creative, original, and comprehensive
  • reflects critical thinking
  1. Organization
    • logical and coherent
    • proceeds from a sharply focused thesis
    • contains an introduction and a conclusion
  2. Balance
    • acknowledges/presents conflicting viewpoints fairly
  3. Assertions
    • supports major points with strong arguments and/or reliable authorities (citations)
  4. Writing Style
    • clear, concise, and energetic
    • smooth transitions between paragraphs and major ideas
    • variety of sentence style and length
    • rich vocabulary and appropriate word choice
    • academic tone
  5. Mechanics
    • correct grammar, syntax, punctuation, and spelling
    • correct form (MLA or APA style)

Special notes

  1. Use inclusive language.
  2. Write in the third person; first person singular is permissible if used appropriately (e.g., when the student is stating her/his personal position).
  3. Do not use contractions or non-standard abbreviations.
  4. Avoid the imperative mood.
  5. Use a standard font of readable size (e.g., Times New Roman, 12 point)
  6. Use a one inch margin for all margins.

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