Response Paper 1

Due: March 19th

Please select one of the critical secondary texts we have read this semester, anything that has appeared in the syllabus thus far. Perhaps choose the reading that you have most enjoyed, or found most interesting. Write a two page (minimum) response to this particular secondary reading that reflects on the following questions:

  • What kind of methodology does the author use to make his/her argument about their topic? What kinds of sources do they refer to (primary, secondary)? Are there particular disciplines they seem to draw on, or frameworks they prefer deploying (theology, history, sociology, science, etc.)?
  • What did you think of how the article connected or contextualized Swedenborg?
  • The word “interest” comes from Latin roots that imply being “in between” two different things, and becoming striking, different. If you found this article interesting, what did it draw you out towards? Did it strike ideas towards something else, a new perspective on Swedenborg or his contexts? Is there a “between” the article suggests for you, somewhere else you want to look into more, or dig deeper into, when it comes to Swedenborg and/or the 18th century?

Please integrate relevant quotes from your selected article. Should be in normal academic format (typed, double-spaced).

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