The Five Proofs that God exists based on Thomas Aquinas and the Summa Theologica Writings

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Each student must write a final/research paper of approximately 5-7 pages (no less or more). It will be a summary of a certain topic that you would like to research. Topics will be provided by your professor. The final paper will have, in addition to the 5-7 pages of the actual paper, a cover page, a table of contents, at least 13 footnotes, and a list (on a different page) of at least 7 bibliographical sources written according to Kate Turabian, A Manual for Writers. The paper should be double-spaced, with 1-inch margins and 11 or 12 Times New Roman font. Topics for this assignment will be provided by your professor. If you want to choose a different topic, it will be discussed with your professor and approved by him. For details regarding the writing of the paper, see “Characteristics of a Well-Written Work” on page 4 of this syllabus. A complete and good paper will include the following components:

  • Cover page
  • Table of Contents
  • The body of the paper (5-7 pages)
    • Introduction: thesis (what is your main argument? What do you want to prove in your paper?) and the purpose the paper. (no more than 1 page)
      • Every essay has a THESIS statement. In your thesis statement of ONE-TWO lines, tell your readers what you want to prove in your paper. Please NOTE that the THESIS is the red thread of your paper.
      • Introduce your topic to your readers. Introduce and discuss the most relevant scholars and works related to your paper. Why is your topic important?
    • Chapters and sections of your paper organized according to your arguments. This is where you have to prove the thesis of your paper. Whatever you write here should be related (directly or indirectly) to your thesis. (no more than 4-5 pages)
      • Structure/divide it in sections/chapters, according to the development of your arguments.
      • Write with the THESIS of your paper in mind. In other words, you will have to SELECT the material of your paper according to your thesis (what you want to tell your readers?).
      • Write in your own words, using simple and straightforward prose.
      • Your statements must be clear and coherent; your readers do not have to guess at what you are trying to say.
      • Whenever you are not using your own words, use quotations marks and indicate your sources.
    • Conclusion (3-6 lines)
      • In the final paragraph, briefly summarize the main points of your paper and provide a concluding statement.
  • A bibliographical list of at least 7 academic sources (7 sources, books and/or articles, written within the last 20 years.)
  • Other important requirements:
    • 1-inch margins (left, top, right, and bottom)
    • Intent paragraphs 5 spaces
    • Page numbers
    • 7 bibliographical sources
    • 13 footnotes
    • 5-7pages (excluding cover page, table of contents, and bibliography)

    Use the following sources:

  • Aquinas, Thomas. Basic Writings of St. Thomas Aquinas:(Volume 1). Vol. 1. Hackett Publishing, 1997.
    Davies, Brian, ed. Thomas Aquinas: Contemporary Philosophical Perspectives. Oxford University Press, 2002.
    Davies, Brian. The Thought of Thomas Aquinas. Clarendon Press, 1992.
    Dodds, Michael J. The Unchanging God of Love: Thomas Aquinas and contemporary theology on divine immutability. CUA Press, 2008.
    Elders, Leo. The Philosophical Theology of St. Thomas Aquinas. Vol. 26. Brill Archive, 1990.
    Gilson, Etienne. The Christian Philosophy of St. Thomas Aquinas. Random House, 2013.
    Kenny, Anthony. Five Ways: St Thomas Aquinas Vo. Routledge, 2014.

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