A level Religious Studies OCR
- Week 1: Monday 27 March – Friday 31 March
- Week 2: Monday 3 April – Friday 7 April (including Good Friday)
- Week 3: Monday 10 April – Friday 14 April (including Easter Monday)
Length of Course
5 full-day sessions
This course is board-specific for the OCR specification (H573) and is for A Level Year 13 students only.
Please note that the Developments in religious thought topic will be covered in relation to Christianity only.
The following topics will be covered:
Philosophy of religion
- Ancient philosophical influences
- The nature of the soul, mind and body
- Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- The nature and impact of religious experience
- The nature and attributes of God
- Religious language: Negative, Analogical or Symbolic
- Twentieth century perspectives and philosophical comparisons
Religion and ethics
- Normative ethical theories
- The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
- Meta-ethical theories
- Sexual ethics
Developments in religious thought
- Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
- Section 1: Beliefs, teachings and ideas about human life, the world and ultimate reality (Augustine on human nature and Christian views on death and the afterlife)
- Section 2: Knowledge of God (Knowledge of God’s existence and the person of Jesus Christ)
- Section 3: Christian Moral Principles (The Bible, Church and reason as sources of wisdom and authority) & Christian Moral action (Dietrich Bonhoeffer)
- Section 4: Developments in Christian Thought (Religious pluralism and theology, Religious pluralism and society)
- Section 5: The relationship between religion and society (Gender and society, Gender and theology
- Section 6: Challenges facing religious thought (Secularism, Liberation theology and Marx)
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