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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:14 pm 
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Just announced this morning! http://www.stoausa.org/speech-events/li ... eches/apol

I'm glad they changed the "Explain the Meaning and Significance..." to "Define and defend...". On the whole it's much better than what we had before.

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 5:23 pm 
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I love that you guys get to analyze and respond to a bumper sticker. :D

Seriously though, these look nice. I like the define and defend thing.


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 9:06 pm 
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*fistpumps* YUSS!!!

And we have new Duo rules too, did you see that? You can even write your own duo! *dances* This year is gonna be amazing!

*saves Questions to computer* So excited to be doing AP this year!

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PostPosted: Fri Sep 16, 2011 10:34 pm 
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I like a lot of the new questions.

I think overall, NCFCA did a better job with the new topics. But the benefits will still be the same.

I don't really like this question: "How do we know that Jesus really died? Didn't he just swoon on the cross and then become revived
in the coolness of the cave where they buried Him?" because a) the swoon theory is really easy to defeat. it will hardly take 6 minutes. and b) it's already covered in the resurrection question.

I really like this one though: "Analyze and respond to the following statement, “Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son of
God is an exaggeration, at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst, of the original Jesus?” John Clayton
this is one area that's missing in the NCFCA questions.

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 18, 2011 8:08 pm 
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I agree. NCFCA's changes were better, but these are pretty good. One that I wish they had taken out was the "provide evidence for the historical existence of Jesus" one, because that's hardly questioned these days.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 3:21 am 
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Some of these changes look good. These are a few of the questions that jumped out at me:

Analyze and respond to the statement, "The Bible supports oppression of slaves and women." I like the idea behind this one, although it might be better if it was stated more broadly. Or maybe not.

Analyze and respond to the following statement, “I like your Christ, I do not like your Christians.
Your Christians are so unlike your Christ." Mahatma Gandhi. That's a good topic.

Analyze and respond to the following statement, “The story of Ulysses and Agamemnon and
Menelaus, of Jesus, of the Good Knight of Chaucer, lives in every one of us.” James Lee Burke This one just confuses me. Maybe it would be clearer in context.

There are still some important areas that aren't covered at all, like the problem of evil and science & Christianity. Some of the questions make me wonder why they chose those particular questions rather than other ones.

Were these the same as the old NCFCA topics?

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:53 am 
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I agree with everything you said.

SoCoNative wrote:
Were these the same as the old NCFCA topics?


yep.

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SoCoNative wrote:
Were these the same as the old NCFCA topics?
Our old topics were the same as NCFCA's old topics. Now the 2 league's questions have substantial differences.

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 19, 2011 4:06 pm 
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Now the 2 league's questions have substantial differences.
. . .which is going to make it just that much harder for those of us that want to attend NITOC (assuming stoa still counts NCFCA tournaments). Sadness.

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Dawn wrote:
I agree with everything you said.

Same here. SoCoNative, you really summed things up well.

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. . .which is going to make it just that much harder for those of us that want to attend NITOC (assuming stoa still counts NCFCA tournaments). Sadness.

Yes, Stoa is still counting NCFCA tournaments next year. And at least the new topics will keep things fresh and new at NITOC. :) Should be fun.

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Dawn wrote:
"Analyze and respond to the following statement, “Is it possible that the portrait of the divine Son of
God is an exaggeration, at best, or a complete fabrication, at worst, of the original Jesus?” John Clayton
this is one area that's missing in the NCFCA questions.


This quotation is from John Clayton's site, but it is actually part of an article previewed on the site's first page, and written by Joel Stephen Williams. The article takes a stab at answering the question: The Real Jesus of History.

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PostPosted: Thu Oct 27, 2011 11:18 pm 
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SoCoNative wrote:
Analyze and respond to the following statement, “The story of Ulysses and Agamemnon and
Menelaus, of Jesus, of the Good Knight of Chaucer, lives in every one of us.” James Lee Burke This one just confuses me. Maybe it would be clearer in context.


The context.

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