ESSAY ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS
The Essay Assignments provide you with an opportunity to incorporate research and
demonstrate course-related knowledge in a written context.
You are required to write 5 Essay Assignments in response to a provided prompt in the Essay
Topics document. You may use the course textbooks, scholarly articles and the Bible as sources.
Please include a title page and reference page.
Essay must include the following:
● At least 500 words in length.
● Must include at least 3 citations in current APA format.
Note: Your assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.
Essay: Epistemology Assignment:
Define epistemology and describe the 3 models of how certain we are that our perceptions mirror
reality. Which position do you hold, and why? What are the different methods of knowing
(see Entwistle chapter 5)? What are the limitations of these (or any) methods of knowing? What
methods of knowing are appropriate for Christians, and why?
Essay: Philosophical Anthropology Assignment:
Define philosophical anthropology and compare the psychological and theological
understandings of philosophical anthropology. Identify several distinct contributions offered by
psychology that are absent (not offered in detail) from Christian theology. Identify several
distinct contributions offered by Christian theology that are absent (or not offered in detail) from
psychology. Are psychological and theological perspectives on philosophical anthropology
ultimately opposed to and irreconcilable with each other, or can they be reconciled? Defend your
Essay: Combatants and Antagonism Assignment: (Choose 1 of the 2 prompts below on which
Entwistle asserts: “those with whom we disagree often have things to teach us… [we must] ask
ourselves what is to be learned and appreciated” from those with whom we disagree. Identify at
least 3 things that you appreciate/can learn from those who hold the secular combatants’ or
Christian combatants’ versions of the Enemies model.
After reading chapter 9 and watching the Antagonism video, what concerns, if any, do you have
about the influence of secular assumptions on the field of psychology? What concerns, if any, do
you have about the claims and counsel of the nouthetic counseling movement?
Essay: Colonialism and Scriptural Authority and Theological Interpretation Assignment
(Choose 1 of the 2 prompts below on which to comment.)
The Colonialist model ostensibly recognizes the value of psychology, but it does not typically
result in deep engagement with the findings or methods of psychology. How might this be
applied to a topic such as eating disorders or depression? What would be some of the advantages
and disadvantages of this approach?
Scriptural Authority and Theological Interpretation
Entwistle distinguishes between scriiptural authority and theological interpretation. Do you
agree? Why might this distinction be important? Support your view with an example.
Essay: Reflection on God’s Works and The Glory of God Assignment (Choose 1 of the 2
prompts below on which to comment.)
Reflection on God’s Works
Entwistle noted that “theological reflection typically focuses more on God’s workings in the
world,” while “psychological reflection typically focuses more on the workings of God’s world.”
What implications does this have for the relationship between psychology and Christianity?
What are the limitations of these (or any) methods of knowing?
ESSAY ASSIGNMENT INSTRUCTIONS