RUBRICS For Graduate and Postgraduate Courses Taught by Dr. Michael A. Milton

In Theology and Religious Studies, “Rubrics” is a word most associated with the “red letter” instructions accompanying liturgical movements in the Book of Common Prayer (BCP). The good old word has now, like so many other of its fellows, expanded in old age. “Rubrics,” circa 1968, was the noun selected by a University of New York professor of education to indicate what used to be known as “grading standards.”

Thomas Cranmer‘s “rubrics” were red-letter instructions on use of the Prayer Book.

Had the professor consulted with the Department of Religion he would have discovered that the word was already taken. Or, then again, he might have been an Episcopalian. Nevertheless, the term stuck. The standards or, we might say, a respective professor’s expectations for an assignment, are now compiled, given a value, and called a rubric.

He was a good professor but lacked a rubric.

Well, all of this I present to introduce my own rubrics. I do try to teach to standards. However, some standards in theology are not easily quantified. So, I prepare rubrics for major assignment categories (written, verbal, group presentations) with rubrics that most often provide expectations for thinking, for documenting and articulating this thinking, and for demonstrating the process of moving from critical thinking (isolation of, dissection of, and assessment of presenting issues) to theological reflection (diagnosis of the variables discovered through the lens of Word of God, the God of His Word, His Plan of Salvation, and His triune presence in dynamic interchange with one or more of the variables) to synthesis and pastoral application.

“. . . theological reflection (diagnosis of the variables discovered through the lens of Word of God) . . .”

So, here are rubrics for the most-used categories in my assignments.

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