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*topic: Contrary to previous incarnations of the course, there is now one and only one essay topic: write an argumentative/evaluative essay addressing Stephen Law’s
“The evil-god challenge” (see attachment). Is Law’s argument a good one? If so, why; if not, why not? You must explain the argument before evaluating it (i.e., don’t
take for granted that your reader is familiar with the argument). You must also compare/contrast Law’s argument with at least one of either Rowe’s argument from evil
or Drange’s argument from nonbelief. For this latter requirement you MUST refer to (at least) our course materials: extra sources on either the argument from evil or
the argument from nonbelief are only permitted in addition to, not in place of, references to the specific sources of our Course Package.1 Drawing in other material
from the course is also welcome but not required.
Mandatory Quotations: Each essay must contain at least three quotations: at least two from Law’s essay, at least one from either Rowe’s argument from evil or Drange’s
argument from nonbelief (see above). Your page references for these quotations will be double-checked. Any of failing to provide the minimum number of quotations, or
failing to provide page numbers for all of your quotations, or failing to provide the correct page numbers for all of your quotations, will be grounds for a grade
penalty up to and including a mark of zero on the essay.
Length and Electronic Format for Dropbox Submission: Your essay (not including your list of sources or bibliography, should there be one; see below) should be a
minimum of 1500 words, and no longer than 2000 words. The essays must be submitted to the electronic Dropbox that is part of our MyLS site in one of the following
formats: MS Word,
Style: Please write in full sentences with proper use of paragraphs, punctuation, etc. Although the style should be formal, you may refer to yourself (e.g., “My thesis
is … “, “I disagree with …”, etc.; as with anything, too many instances of “me” “myself” and “I” are to be avoided, but that doesn’t mean you can never use them).
Text Format:My personal preference is for 12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced, 1 inch (2.54 cm) margins, left justification of main body.
Quotes and paraphrases: If your only sources are the Law essay and our Course Package then you only need to provide accurate page references for your quotations
(minimum of three: see above), and there is no need for a bibliography/list of references. If, however, you use any sources in addition to these, then you must follow
one of the approved citation methods (e.g., MLA, Turabian, APA, etc.), and provide a list of references at the end of your paper including all your additional sources
(you needn’t include either the Course Package or Law’s essay; these shall be taken to be included automatically). make sure not to overdo the quotations
Plagiarism: (professor words). Here I will simply say that all essays are automatically fed through a similarity-checker, and then read very carefully by someone with
years of experiencing finding plagiarism (i.e., me). I take plagiarism very seriously and very personally, and find plagiarized (including purchased) papers on a
regular basis (typically multiple cases each term).