Religious Studies

OCR- A-Level Religious Studies Year 1 – Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Ethics and Developments in Christian thought.

Section 1 - Philosophy of Religion

Ancient Philosophy – Plato

  • Understanding Reality
  • Objections to the theory of the forms
  • Conclusions

Aristotle and Causation

  • The philosophical views of Aristotle
  • The four causes
  • The Prime Mover
  • The Prime Mover and Plato’s Form of the Good
  • Objections to Aristotle’s theories
  • Conclusions

Soul, mind and body

  • Is the soul a thing?
  • Plato and the soul
  • Aristotle and the soul
  • Substance dualism
  • Other views of the mind-body question
  • Materialism
  • Objections to the theories and conclusions

The existence of God: arguments based on observation

  • The teleological argument
  • Criticisms from Hume
  • Other criticisms
  • Modern versions of the design argument
  • Aquinas’ cosmological argument
  • Leibniz and the principle of sufficient reason
  • Objections to arguments from experience
  • Other issues

The existence of God: arguments based on reason

  • St Anselm’s ontological argument
  • Objections to theories
  • A priori and a posteriori proofs of God
  • Conclusion

Religious Experience

  • The nature of religious experience
  • Is personal testimony enough to convince others?
  • Types of religious experience
  • How can religious experiences be understood?
  • Objections to theories
  • Conclusion

The problem of evil

  • The problem defined
  • Theodicy
  • Soul-making theodicies
  • John Hick’s version of Irenaean theodicy
  • Richard Swinburne and didactic evil
  • D.Z Phillips on soul-making theodicy
  • Conclusions

 Section 2 - Religion and Ethics

The issues of ethics

  • Person and community
  • Ethical life
  • Theories of ethics

Normative ethical theories: religious approaches

Aquinas and natural law

  • Aquinas’s four tiers of law
  • Aquinas’ natural law
  • The principle of double effect
  • Objections to theories of natural law
  • Conclusions

Situation Ethics

  • Joseph Fletcher’s situation ethics
  • Fletcher on conscience
  • Objections to theories
  • Conclusions

Normative ethical theories

Kantian Ethics

  • Kant’s moral teaching
  • Hypothetical imperatives
  • The Categorical imperative
  • Objections to Kant’s ethics
  • Conclusions

Utilitarianism

  • Jeremy Bentham and classical utilitarianism
  • Teleology and relativism
  • Peter Singer and Preference utilitarianism
  • Objections to utilitarianism
  • Conclusions

Applied Ethics

Euthanasia

  • A problem of definition
  • The law and euthanasia
  • Sanctity of life principle
  • Quality of life principle
  • Voluntary euthanasia
  • Non-Voluntary euthanasia
  • Application of natural law and situation ethics to euthanasia

Business ethics

  • Corporate social responsibility
  • Applying ethical theories to business ethics
  • Whistle-blowing
  • Good ethics is good business
  • Globalisation
  • Conclusion

Part 3 - Developments in Christian Thought

Augustine on human nature

  • The Human potential
  • Augustine on human nature
  • Interpreting Augustine today

Death and afterlife

  • New Testament foundations
  • The parable of the sheep and the goats
  • Developments in Christian eschatological teaching
  • Election

Knowledge of God’s existence

  • Natural and revealed theology
  • Natural knowledge of God’s existence
  • Revealed knowledge of God existence
  • The natural-revealed theology debate

Jesus Christ

  • Jesus Christ’s authority
  • Jesus the teacher of wisdom
  • Jesus the liberator
  • Son of God
  • Uniqueness

Christian Moral principles

  • Theonomous Christian ethics and practices
  • Heteronomous Christian ethics and practices
  • Autonomous Christian ethics and practices 

Christian moral action: Dietrich Bonhoeffer

  • Bonhoeffer life
  • Duty to God and duty to the state
  • The role of the church as community
  • The cost of discipleship
  • Bonhoeffer’s relevance today

All three sections needed to be completed in Year 12.

Resources in the forms of PowerPoints and notes will be placed on the shared area when they are completed.

The pupils will all receive the OCR approved textbook – ‘Religious Studies for A-Level Year 1 and AS’ by Michael Wilkinson and Michael Wilcockson.

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