PHIL 201 Strayer University Existence of God and Problem of Evil Essay Essay Instructions In this module/week, we have been discussing arguments for the e

PHIL 201 Strayer University Existence of God and Problem of Evil Essay Essay Instructions In this module/week, we have been discussing arguments for the existence of God, as well as the chief argument against God – the “problem of evil.” (It is assumed you have read ch. 13 in Dew & Gould before beginning this assignment.) In this essay, you will consider three additional articles related to the problem of evil in theism: “The Absurdity of Life without God,” by Craig “Suffering: Richard Dawkins Contra Jesus,” by Thomas“The Plight of the New Atheism: A Critique” (only pages 822–823), by Habermas Your assignment is to read these three items and then write an essay of at least 600 words (in current MLA, APA, or Turabian format). While you are free to quote from sources, and you must cite at minimum the 3 above readings, quotations will not count towards the minimum word count. Your essay must address each of the questions below: Compare and contrast the three readings: what are some philosophical similarities and differences?Can life have objective meaning without God? Defend your answer making reference (pro or con) to the reading(s). Could life be “good” without objective meaning? Defend your answer making reference (pro or con) to the reading(s). What effect do your conclusions regarding the problem of evil have, in your view, on the philosophical case for God’s existence? Explain how and why. Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7. Your assignment will be checked for originality via the SafeAssign plagiarism tool. Plagiarism of any kind will result in a 0 for the assignment and may result in being dropped from the course. PHIL 201
ESSAY GRADING RUBRIC
Criteria
Content 70%
Key
Components
Major Point
Support
Advanced
90-100%
Proficient
70-89%
Developing
1-69%
Not Present
68 to 75 points
53 to 67 points
1 to 52 points
0 points

Fully
addresses all 3
assigned
readings.
• Substantively
answers all 4
assigned
questions.
• Contains at
least 600
words (not
including
quotes).
59 to 65 points

Partly
addresses all 3
assigned
readings.
• Adequately
answers all 4
assigned
questions.
• Contains at
least 500
words (not
including
quotes).
46 to 58 points

Addresses 1
or 2 of the
assigned
readings.
• Inadequately
answers some
assigned
questions.
• Contains
between 300499 words
(not including
quotes).
1 to 45 points








Form 30%
Structure
and
Organization
Demonstrates
understanding
of the topic.
Displays clear
development
of ideas and
concepts.
Assertions are
well reasoned
and strongly
supported.
Includes
original and
insightful
observations
and ideas.



Demonstrates
understanding
of the topic.
Mostly clear
development
of ideas and
concepts.
Assertions are
well reasoned
and fairly
supported.
Includes
original or
insightful
observations
and ideas.



Limited
understanding
of the topic.
Semi-clear
development
of ideas and
concepts.
Assertions not
well reasoned
or poorly
supported.
Includes few
original and
insightful
observations
and ideas.
Does not
address any of
the assigned
readings.
• Does not
answer any of
the assigned
questions.
• Contains less
than 300
words (not
including
quotes).
0 points



Poor
understanding
of the topic.
Unclear
development
of ideas and
concepts.
Assertions are
lacking
reasoned
support.
No original
and insightful
observations
and ideas.
14 to 16 points
11 to 13 points
1 to 10 points
0 points




Flow of
thought and
discussion is
logical and
organized
well.
Flow of
thought and
discussion is
mostly logical
and
organized.
Flow of
thought and
discussion at
points lacks
logic or
organization.
Flow of
thought and
discussion
lacks logic
and
organization.
PHIL 201
Use of
Resources
Grammar
and
Mechanics

Transitions
between all
points are
smooth and
clear.
• Conclusions
flow
reasonably
from
discussion.
14 to 16 points

Transitions
between most
points are
smooth and
clear.
• Conclusions
mostly flow
reasonably
from
discussion.
11 to 13 points



All resources
are properly
indicated
where quoted/
paraphrased.
• All resources
are properly
cited, whether
quoted or not.
• If Scripture is
used, it is
correctly
handled
(literary and
historical
context
supplied,
interpretation
and
application
defended).
14 to 16 points

Resources are •
properly
indicated
where quoted/
paraphrased.
Resources are •
properly cited,
whether
quoted or not.
If Scripture is •
used, it is
fairly handled
(literary and
historical
context
supplied,
interpretation
and
application
defended).

11 to 13 points
Resources are
properly
indicated
where quoted/
paraphrased.
Resources are
properly cited,
whether
quoted or not.
If Scripture is
used, it is
handled
inconsistently
(lacking in
literary and
historical
context, and/
or defense of
interpretation
and
application).
1 to 10 points






Proper
grammar is
employed.
Sentences are
clear and
concise with
proper
punctuation.
Correct
spelling is
used.




Near proper
grammar is
employed.
Sentences are
mostly clear
and concise
with proper
punctuation.
Correct
spelling is
used.
Transitions
between some
points are not
smooth or
clear.
• Conclusions
in part flow
reasonably
from
discussion.
1 to 10 points


Partly lacking
in proper
grammar.
Sentences not
clear and
concise, or
not properly
punctuated.
Incorrect
spelling is
used at points.
Transitions
between
points are not
smooth and
clear.
• Conclusions
do not flow
reasonably
from
discussion.
0 points


Resources are
not properly
indicated
where quoted/
paraphrased.
Resources are
not properly
cited, whether
quoted or not.
If Scripture is
used, it is not
well handled
(literary and
historical
context not
supplied,
interpretation
and
application
undefended).
0 points


Proper
grammar not
employed.
Sentences not
clear and
concise with
proper
punctuation.
Incorrect
spelling is
used often.
PHIL 201
Format
11 to 12 points


8 to 10 points
An accepted

academic
style is
employed
(current
MLA, APA,
or Turabian).
Paper is

double-spaced
with proper
margins.
Total
Instructor’s Comments:
1 to 7 points
An accepted

academic
style is mostly
employed
(current
MLA, APA,
or Turabian).
Paper is

double-spaced
with proper
margins.
/200
0 points
An accepted

academic
style is partly
employed
(current
MLA, APA,
or Turabian). •
Paper is not
double-spaced
with proper
margins.
An accepted
academic style
not employed
(current MLA,
APA, or
Turabian).
Paper is not
double-spaced
with proper
margins.
PHIL 201
ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
In this module/week, we have been discussing arguments for the existence of God, as well as the
chief argument against God – the “problem of evil.” (It is assumed you have read ch. 13 in Dew
& Gould before beginning this assignment.) In this essay, you will consider three additional
articles related to the problem of evil in theism:
• “The Absurdity of Life without God,” by Craig
• “Suffering: Richard Dawkins Contra Jesus,” by Thomas
• “The Plight of the New Atheism: A Critique” (only pages 822–823), by Habermas
Your assignment is to read these three items and then write an essay of at least 600 words (in
current MLA, APA, or Turabian format). While you are free to quote from sources, and you
must cite at minimum the 3 above readings, quotations will not count towards the minimum
word count. Your essay must address each of the questions below:
1. Compare and contrast the three readings: what are some philosophical similarities and
differences?
2. Can life have objective meaning without God? Defend your answer making reference
(pro or con) to the reading(s).
3. Could life be “good” without objective meaning? Defend your answer making reference
(pro or con) to the reading(s).
4. What effect do your conclusions regarding the problem of evil have, in your view, on the
philosophical case for God’s existence? Explain how and why.
Submit this assignment by 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Monday of Module/Week 7.
Your assignment will be checked for originality via the SafeAssign plagiarism tool. Plagiarism
of any kind will result in a 0 for the assignment and may result in being dropped from the course.

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