THEO 330 Analysis Paper Instructions

For this course, you will complete 2 short papers that analyze how the mainstream media portray some of the foundational issues facing the family. The focus should be not on the topic, but on how the author discusses the topic. By examining the messaging being sent out to society from media platforms, we should be able to observe the impact of their promotion on families.

For example, let’s say you select an article on adultery. Adultery is without question not in agreement with a biblical worldview. Your analysis should not be focused on how wrong adultery is, but asking, “Is this mainstream media article promoting something that is not in agreement with a biblical worldview? If so, how?”

The body of each paper should be about 2 pages (*do not exceed 2 pages): 1 Page Summary and 1 Page Analysis (See below for specific requirements), for a combined total of 40 points on the Rubric.

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Step 1: Select a current issue facing the family. There are many issues to select from here including but not limited to: divorce, blended families, homosexuality, child-raising/parenting, etc.

Step 2: Choose a recent media source that discusses or addresses your chosen issue. Possible media sources include but are not limited to: newspapers, news shows, popular magazines, news magazines, etc. For this assignment, do not choose a Christian source, Academic/ University source, a letter to the editor, or similar opinion piece. Find an example of how the mainstream, secular media are treating your topic.

NOTE: You will need to record the specific citation details of your chosen source as you will be required to provide a correct Turabian citation of this source.

Step 3: 1 Page Summary of the Article: Introduce the author and the article, and report what the article states. No additional commentary is needed. **Be sure to document the article’s content with Turabian footnotes.

Step 4: 1 Page Analysis: Answer the 4 questions below. One paragraph per question/bullet point is all that is needed.

  • Are these attitudes and ideas congruent with a biblical worldview? Why or why not?
  • What, if anything, do the attitudes and ideas presented by the media story reveal about our culture?
  • Were any important details or facts omitted in order for you, as the audience, to really understand the situation being presented?
  • Do you detect any biases? If so, what are they?

Step 4: Compose your paper (as an Microsoft Word file) based on all of the steps above. Be sure to include Turabian formatted: Title Page, Footnotes, and Bibliography Page. *The Title Page and Bibliography Page are not to be included in the two pages of content.

Step 5: Edit your Analysis Paper for spelling, grammar, focus on author/article’s presentation oft the topic, and length. Make sure that it does not exceed 2 pages.

Step 6: Submit your papers by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Modules/Weeks 2 and 5.

Analysis Paper Grading Rubric

CriteriaLevels of Achievement
Content 70%AdvancedProficientDevelopingNot present
Topic selection (10 pts.)9 to 10 points Topic is current and pertinent to the family.7 to 8 points Topic is recent and pertinent to the family.1 to 6 points Topic is not recent; topic is only marginally related to the family.0 points  
Media source selection (20 pts.)18 to 20 points Source is mainstream media; example chosen is current and pertinent.14 to 17 points Source is mainstream media; example chosen is recent and pertinent.1 to 13 points Source is not mainstream media; example chosen is not recent or current in pertinence.0 points  
Analysis of media treatment (40 pts.)36 to 40 points Demonstrates both thorough analysis and thoughtful reflection of the media source’s treatment of the selected topic.28 to 35 points Demonstrates adequate analysis and reflection of the media source’s treatment of the selected topic.1 to 27 points Demonstrates superficial analysis and reflection of the media source’s treatment of the selected topic.0 points  
Structure 30%AdvancedProficientDevelopingNot present
Length (15 pts.)14 to 15 points Body of the paper is at least 2 full pages (500+ words).11 to 13 points Body of the paper is 400-500 words.1 to 10 points Body of the paper is fewer than 400 words.0 points  
Components and Documentation (10 pts.)9 to 10 points Properly formatted title page; Turabian style documentation of media source/other sources in bibliography; assignment submitted as Word document.7 to 8 points Title page present; adequate documentation of media source with minimal Turabian errors; assignment submitted as Word document.1 to 6 points Title page missing or incomplete; significant Turabian errors; assignment submitted in format other than Word.  0 points  
Mechanics (5 pts.)5 points No errors of spelling, capitalization, or punctuation.4 points 1-2 errors of spelling, capitalization, or punctuation.1 to 3 points 3-6 errors of spelling, capitalization, or punctuation.0 points

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Homosexuality Analysis

Homosexuality Analysis

            Consistent with BBC Rome correspondent Mark Lowen, Pope Francis supports same-sex marriage but does not endorse the actions. The mainstream media supports Pope Francis’s viewpoint about homosexuality, although the practice is against the biblical worldview. Homosexuality brings a global divide because of the many cultures and spiritual beliefs. Like Pope Francis uttered, the church is apprehensive about same-gender relationships because all humans are equally sinful loved by the almighty. Therefore, Lowen presents the pope viewpoint, which is to create a civil law that supports homosexuality. In any way, civil law does not represent the standing of the Catholic Church or biblical teachings. The pope cites that everyone is a child of God and deserves to have a family like the LGBT community.[1] The article does not rebuke associations with gays because the groups are encouraged to attend church to hear the word of God. Homosexuals have legal protection even if the church does not directly support same-sex marriage.  

           The BBC respondent outlines that Vatican City is against the victimization of gays, but it does not encourage or fully endorse people to marry of the same sex. Consistent with the BBC article, homosexual orientation is accepted, but God prohibits homosexual acts. Therefore, the LGBT community can seek God’s will and know what is needed of them.[2] The Christian worldview is worried about homosexuality, but the doctrine does not discourse its stewardship.[3] The bible is a staunch opponent of homosexual behavior.

            The article is a bit odd because of its double stands. The pope’s support for civil law to protect the LGBT community is against the doctrine. Despite speaking positively about homosexuality, the Christian worldview coins that the act is intrinsically disordered. The sexual union recommended by Jesus is between a male and a female. [4]Historical teaching of Judaism and Christianity should be uncontested whatsoever because marriage should between a man and a woman. God’s image on earth is between two distinct humans. Biblical interpretation promotes sex, which will lead to babies and not to fulfill our desires. Since same-sex attraction is not a sin, our ideas, beliefs, and culture should not influence sexual intimacy.[5] The bible prohibits skewing or rewriting the rules. There is more to life than sexuality. Mark Lowen’s information is a bit biased because it does not provide bible evidences used by the pope when supporting the creation of civil laws for gays. Despite the Pope supporting sexual orientation, the doctrine is apprehensive on homosexuality. It is imperative if the church revisited it and interpreted the bible without letting their culture dictate how they should behave. For an apt bible interpretation, a Christian partnership is not influenced by gender complementarity of sex differentiation. The different phenomena of homosexuality should be discussed before supporting, endorsing, or criminating the act.[6] The Christian worldview or the clergy should not be dragged when addressing the flux in homosexuality. Cultures should intervene in tolerating, supporting, or rebuking homosexuality.

Bibliography

Abrahamsen, Valerie. “Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth” Century”.” (2017): 482-484.

Adamczyk A. Cross-national public opinion about homosexuality: Examining attitudes across the globe. Univ of California Press; 2017 Jan 31.

Bogomilova, Nonka. “Review of Morris'” When Brothers Dwell in Unity: Byzantine Christianity and Homosexuality”.” Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe 36, no. 5 (2016): 8.

Carlström, Charlotta. ““God’s word does not change as trends do”–contemporary discourses on homosexuality in Swedish Christianity.” Theology & Sexuality 26, no. 1 (2020): 28-44.

Lowen, Mark. “Pope Francis Indicates Support For Same-Sex Civil Unions”. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54627625.

Miller, Joshua H. “Seeding subversion and the Christian reformed church’s study report on “homosexuality”.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 17, no. 3 (2020): 304-321.


[1] Lowen, Mark. “Pope Francis Indicates Support For Same-Sex Civil Unions”. BBC News. https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-54627625

[2] Carlström, Charlotta. ““God’s word does not change as trends do”–contemporary discourses on homosexuality in Swedish Christianity.” Theology & Sexuality 26, no. 1 (2020): 28-44.

[3] Bogomilova, Nonka. “Review of Morris'” When Brothers Dwell in Unity: Byzantine Christianity and Homosexuality”.” Occasional Papers on Religion in Eastern Europe 36, no. 5 (2016): 8.

[4] Miller, Joshua H. “Seeding subversion and the Christian reformed church’s study report on “homosexuality”.” Communication and Critical/Cultural Studies 17, no. 3 (2020): 304-321.

[5] Abrahamsen, Valerie. “Christianity, Social Tolerance, and Homosexuality: Gay People in Western Europe from the Beginning of the Christian Era to the Fourteenth” Century”.” (2017): 482-484.

[6] Adamczyk A. Cross-national public opinion about homosexuality: Examining attitudes across the globe. Univ of California Press; 2017 Jan 31.