SECOND YEAR RESULTS (scroll down for explanation):
WHAT THESE RESULTS ACTUALLY MEAN:
Early Celtic Religion = 'B'
History and Religion of Ancient Israel = 'C'
New Testament Epistles = 'C+'
The Gospel of John in Greek = 'B+'
Reformation History = 'B'
Reformation Theology (1517-1648) = 'B'
The Theology of Luther and Calvin = 'A'
Comments on these results:
I fully expected to drop to a 'C' in History and Religion of Ancient Israel because my exam paper challenged the whole approach which our lecturer had used. His approach had been somewhat scoffing and sarcastic about the Old Testament and I actually did a lot of research to overturn his approach and this is what I did in the examination. I had been warned that my module grade would drop because of this but I was still determined to do it. The approach of our lecturer seemed to combine the worst errors of the older scepticism towards the Hebrew Bible combined with a 'you can believe whatever you like' postmodernist approach, yet he never clearly outlined a more modern conservative approach because he personally disagreed with it! I found this to be totally inexcusable in view of the fact that the more modern conservative approach which acknowledges the great unity within the Hebrew Bible and is more prepared to admit how archaeology has substantiated many things therein has good academic credentials - but this was all kept from us - inexcusable!!
Dropping to a highish 'C' in New Testament Epistles was a surprise since my coursework had been strong but one sometimes just has to accept these surprises and move on.
In The Gospel of John in Greek we had studied John's Gospel at great depth in the original Greek. I had been commended for my work and so slipping from an 'A' was something of a disappointment.
I wrote a dissertation for The Theology of Luther and Calvin in which I compared Calvin's approach to Election with Karl Barth's approach. I am very happy that this dissertation achieved an 'A.'
Robin A. Brace.