Freedom Classroom 2012- 2013 - Essay Topics
The Details: Dy Qiu, 2012 Essay Winner
- Essays must be submitted postmarked no later than December 21, 2012
- Essay length should be between 1250 and 2000 words
- Applicants to Freedom’s Classroom must also submit a letter of recommendation from a Pastor or Teacher
- Scholarships will be awarded by January 7th, and must be accepted by February 15th
- Cost: the expected cost of the trip to Washington, D.C. is $1,200. Students are encouraged to raise additional funds from churches, and professionals
- For more information: contact Natalie Eva: 916-446-2552
For history class:
Pastor Yousef Nadarkhani was convicted of blasphemy, and sentenced to be executed in Iran, because he was born into a Muslim home, and became a Christian minister. Yet, the Iranian constitution guarantees freedom of religion. In Colonial Virginia, Baptist ministers were arrested and jailed for preaching without a license. Compare and contrast the American and Iranian experience of religious freedom. What can Iran learn from the American experience? What lessons should America learn from the Iranian experience?
For government class:
Some Muslim countries rely on Sharia law , Islamic religious law, to govern a wide range of issues. A form of modern Calvinism, known as Christian Reconstructionism, believes that government should be based on the Bible and the law of God. Roman Catholicism continues to maintain that civil society should respect the moral teachings of the church. Compare and contrast at least two of these approaches to church and state, and evaluate the dangers they pose to liberty of conscience and religion.
For Bible class:
In the government of Israel, Aaron was the religious leader as high priest, while Moses headed the civil government. On three occasions, kings suffered severe consequences for overstepping the bounds of civil authority, and assuming religious authority, see, 1 Samuel 13:8-14 – Saul, 2 Chronicles 26:16-20, Uzziah, and 1 Kings 13:1-5, Jeroboam. When brought before Pilate, Jesus reminded him that his authority was not absolute, but derived from above. Jesus claimed no civil authority. Research what the Bible teaches about the limits of civil authority, and apply this to a modern day dispute.
Completed Essays with your letter of recommendation can be mailed to: Church State Council, 1228 N. Street, Sacramento, CA 95814
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