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COMPARATIVE ESSAY INSTRUCTIONS
Selection of Topic
Choose 1 of the following topics for your Comparative Essay:
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Original Creation of the Earth (The Big Bang vs. Six-Day Creation)
Geologic Time (Billions of Years vs. Thousands of Years)
Dating the Rocks of the Grand Canyon (Old-Earth vs. Young-Earth)
Geologic Paradigms (Uniformitarianism vs. Catastrophism)
Radiocarbon Dating (Old-Earth vs. Young-Earth Methods/Assumptions)

Content
In general, your paper must contain an introductory paragraph, the body of your work, and a
conclusion. In terms of the body, the following items must be discussed:
1. The old-earth viewpoint related to your topic.
2. The young-earth viewpoint related to your topic.
3. Compare and contrast these two viewpoints. How are the two viewpoints similar?
How do they differ significantly?
Outline
Use the following outline when writing your paper. Each point on the below outline must be a
separate section (with a section heading) within your paper. You will notice that these section
headings correspond to the content points above.
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Introduction
Old-Earth View
Young-Earth View
Compare and Contrast
Conclusion

Length
This paper is to be 34 pages. Do not exceed this page limit. The title page and bibliography do
not count toward this page total.
Format
You must use current APA formatting. Papers must be double-spaced with 1-inch margins all
around. Font is to be Courier New or Times New Roman, 12-point. Include a cover sheet with
your name, instructors name, course number and title, date, and paper title. There is no need to
include an abstract in your paper. APA formatting rules can be found at the following site:
http://www.liberty.edu/media/2108/apa.pdf.
Sources
Your Comparative Essay must include at least 2 literature sources, not including the course
textbooks. One of these additional sources must be from an old-earth perspective and the other
from a young-earth perspective. Sources must be journal articles, manuscripts, scholarly
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textbooks, and/or internet sites from .edu or .gov sources. Avoid internet sites from .com, .net,
.org, etc. sources as the information contained therein are not often peer reviewed. Also, Study
Bibles are not appropriate for this assignment. List all of your sources in a bibliography at the
end of the paper.

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