Theological writing is much like other technical writing, except for the subject matter.
"Join the 'Great Conversation' in which ideas throughout the world and time are invented, discussed or refuted." -Fairfield University
Step 1: Pre-writing.
From what perspective or ecclesial role am I writing?
What am I writing about?
For whom am I writing?
What is the genre of writing?
What is the organization pattern?
What is the theological language I should use?
What is the theological voice?
There are tactics and techniques that can be used to help prepare.
Free Writing: Choose a topic; Set a time limit; Start writing and don't stop until time is up; Write whatever comes to mind.
Cubing: A cube has 6 sides. Describe it; Compare it; Associate it; Analyze it; Apply it; Argue it.
Visualizing: Used to organize ideas into groups.
Step 2: Write.
Write so others want to read it. Clear; Concise; Coherent; Considerate; Correct.
1. Begin with questions
2. Check out the community of scholars. What have others already said about the subject?
3. Read and Take Notes
4. Write an outline.
A theological research project is always an attempt to answer a question.
What is the claim?
What reasons support the claim?
What evidence supports the reasons?
Are there alternatives or objections to the claim?
Assemble reasons to support the claim:
CLAIM... (because of) ... REASON ... (based on) ... EVIDENCE
There are three ways to reason:
Ethos ... Ethical
Pathos ... Emotional
Logos ... Logical