Tutor profile: Grace M.
How can I write a good counterargument that doesn't undermine my thesis or seem too weak overall?
Your counterargument doesn't always have to be exactly opposed to your thesis, but rather, it can be an alternative solution to the question you are answering with your thesis. For example, if you are trying to argue that Neopolitan ice cream is the best flavor, your counterargument could be that vanilla is the best flavor. Then you can write that "while vanilla is a good flavor, Neopolitan is superior to it because it is a combination of three flavors that makes it unique." Here you acknowledged the counterargument and presented your own thesis as a better argument. You don't necessarily need to argue that vanilla is a bad flavor because you can just explain why Neopolitan is better.
Subject: European History
When examining Luther’s letters to the German nobility, how does his distinction between religious and political authority in the texts contrast with his strategic adherence to the inseparability of church and state which made his Reformation message more appealing to his audience?
By examining Luther’s strategy to win the support of the German nobility through his use of the NT and the printing press, I will argue that Luther took advantage of the specific dynamics of church and state as a political writer. While he claimed to be mainly concerned with the “spiritual corruption” of the papacy, Luther was not opposed to using political strategies to challenge their authority and spread his Reformation message using the most modern means of communication. Luther, Martin. "Open Letter to the Christian Nobility of the German Nation Concerning the Reform of the Christian Estate (1520)." Trans. C. M. Jacobs. Works of Martin Luther II (1915): n. pag. Project Wittenberg. A. J. Holman Company. pp.1.
Why do you think you are qualified to tutor English?
As a native English speaker and a college graduate, I've successfully earned a degree in history after completing a rigorous course of study at UCSD. Currently, I'm pursuing a Ph.D. in German history at UCSD and have completed an Honors Thesis paper that discusses the political strategy of Martin Luther who began the Protestant Reformation.
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