For Theological Research Paper 2, choose one topic from the following options:
The Providence Debate: In the realm of God’s providence, there are numerous variables and nuanced positions. Consider the two broader views—the Arminian and the Calvinist views—and evaluate the merits of each as to whether or not there might be alternatives views that incorporate both perspectives. Remember that this debate has less to do with the soteriological issues and more to do with God’s control over the happenings that occur in the world in which humans live and make daily choices.
The Destiny of the Unevangelized Debate: The problem of the destiny of the unevangelized is a debate that concerns all thinking Christians, whether they are Calvinistic or Arminian in their thinking. Evaluate and take a position based upon biblical analysis and experiential/philosophical speculation. Begin with the four views expressed by Boyd and Eddy, but feel free to nuance these views or add additional alternatives in your paper.
The Hell Debate: The debate over the nature of hell is one that can bring out the best and the worst in biblical exegesis. Explore the arguments for the classical view and the annihilationist view of hell while evaluating differing positions and defending your own through a balanced exploration of the Bible. Remember, this debate concerns the nature of hell—not whether or not it is referenced in Scripture. You may also add alternatives such as the metaphorical view to the debate. On this subject, perhaps more than any others, it is important to use primary sources as you evaluate the arguments coming from each position.