Chooseÿ1ÿof the following topics for your Comparative Essay:1.ÿÿÿÿÿ Original creation of the earth (nebular hypothesis vs. six-day creation),2.ÿÿÿÿÿ Geologic time (billions of years vs. thousands of years),3.ÿÿÿÿÿ Dating the rocks of the grand canyon (old earth vs. young earth),4.ÿÿÿÿÿ Geologic paradigms (uniformitarianism vs. catastrophism), or5.ÿÿÿÿÿ Radiocarbon dating (old-earth vs. young-earth methods/assumptions).Content and OutlineUse the following outline when writing your paper. Each point on the outline below must be a separate section (with the section heading, as indicated) within your paper.ÿI.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿIntroductionúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Indicate which topic you chose from the list above.úÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Indicate the purpose of your paper (i.e., to compare old-earth and young-earth viewpoints on your chosen topic).II.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿOld-Earth Secular Viewúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ What is the old-earth secular viewpoint on your chosen topic?oÿÿ Doÿnotÿdiscuss the old-earth creationist viewpoint on your chosen topic. For a description of old-earth creationism, go toÿhttp://www.icr.org/article/4535/.ÿIII.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿYoung-Earth Viewúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ What is the young-earth viewpoint on your chosen topic?IV.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿComparison of the Viewpointsúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Comparison is articulating similarities between the 2 viewpoints.úÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Be sure to provide at least 2 similarities (comparisons) between the viewpoints.V.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿContrast of the Viewpointsúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Contrast is articulating differences between the 2 viewpoints.úÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Be sure to provide at least 2 differences (contrasts) between the viewpoints.VI.ÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿConclusionúÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Provide a summary statement for your paper.úÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Be sure to restate your purpose.úÿÿÿÿÿÿÿÿ Doÿnotÿintroduce new material in your conclusion.ÿLengthThis paper must be 1,000?1,500 words. Do not exceed this word limit. The title page and bibliography page do not count toward this word total.FormatThere is no need to include an abstract in your paper.SourcesYour Comparative Essay must include at least 4 scholarly sources in addition the course textbooks. Of these required sources, 2 must be from an old-earth perspective and 2 from a young-earth perspective. Acceptable sources include journal articles, manuscripts, scholarly textbooks, and/or internet sites from .edu or .gov sources. Avoid internet sites from .com, .net, .org, etc. as the information contained therein is not often peer reviewed. There are exceptions to this rule (e.g., the Institute for Creation Research site is a .org site, but it has been judged a reputable site by those in the young-earth community); however, as a general rule, avoid these sites. In particular, avoid Wikipedia. Study Bibles are also not appropriate for this assignment.

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