His appendix on things that should never be done by students within papers will certainly have everyone who has ever had to read student papers smiling and nodding with knowing approval of how egregious these things are. You may offer a brief summary of where the discussion is and suggest what direction it should take in the future. He gives several keys to help this process go well. What will your research bring to the table? I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in researching and writing in the world of theology. Perhaps that means undergraduate students, but it may also include seminary students who do not have a related undergraduate degree.
D dissertation at Wheaton College: he's well loved amongst his students, peers, and supervisors. He is a graduate of Asbury Theological Seminary in Kentucky and Johnson University in Tennessee. This affordable and accessible tool walks students through the process, focusing on five steps: finding direction, gathering sources, understanding issues, entering discussion and establishing a position. This is one of those books I wish I had back in the day. Michael Kibbe, assistant professor of Bible at Moody Bible Institute-Spokane, has written a very good and concise book on theological research methods.
In this chapter Kibbe brings out a number of important points when writing. Kibbe also briefly outlines the history of theological research and gives a discussion of how theological research is similar and distinct from other areas of research. Following this, naturally, is the fourth step, Entering Discussion, as the writer grasps the contours of the important scholarly discussion well enough to become an active participant in it. From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research offers a third option. Kibbe also gives examples of finding direction in two research areas, which he repeats in later chapters.
Really, there is nothing novel at all, but that is exactly what makes this book so very important. You see, Kibbe takes the time to lay out the simple and necessary steps to doing research well in theological and biblical disciplines. It is not an overwhelming resource, and is a quick and helpful read. Maybe a few cobwebs in my methodology. You are not describing something, but arguing a position.
. The fourth chapter focuses on entering into the discussion. From Topic to Thesis: A Guide to Theological Research offers a third option. At the heart of the introduction is a discussion on how theological research is like any other type of research, but also how theological research is not like any other type of research. He does this by discussing five stages of theological research. Second, this book is so short that it is a gem to read.
Overall, I will probably recommend, or even require this for students in my Old Testament classes in the future. Step four may take several forms. Those are a few areas that I would give pushback to the book. During this phase of the research process, only tertiary and primary sources should be used. I love that Kibbe chose to focus on theological research specifically.
The first step is Finding Direction. Tertiary sources, which provide information on the topic at a general level, are most useful at this stage. The fifth and final step is Establishing Position, or actually writing the paper and ensuring that every portion of it directly advances the thesis. Its goal is to take students directly from a research assignment to a research argument in other words, from topic to thesis. Second, his timeline assumes a traditional semester and many students find themselves in accelerated courses that fall in an eight-week format, especially in the online format.
I have found that student writing is vastly improved, their research is more solid, and plagiarism is almost completely eliminated after this lecture. In , Michael Kibbe PhD, Wheaton College guides students through the process of theological research, from topic to thesis—no surprise here. I highly recommend this book for anyone who is interested in researching and writing in the world of theology. Of course, it may that by the end the thesis must be reversed or altered, but it is not always necessary to wait until quite that much research has been done before deciding where to go next. Its goal is to take students directly from a research assignment to a research argument in other words, from topic to thesis.