Developments in Christian Thought exam questions

Past paper questions 2018 (AS and A Level) Critically assess the significance of Augustine’s teaching on human relationships before the Fall. ‘The most important source for Christian ethics is Church teaching.’ Discuss. To what extent is faith the only means of knowing God? ‘Bonhoeffer’s theology is still relevant today.’ Discuss. To what extent was Jesus… Read More Developments in Christian Thought exam questions

Religion and ethics exam questions

Past paper questions 2018 (AS and A Level) ‘Voluntary euthanasia is always morally acceptable.’ Discuss. ‘The concept of agape gives no help at all in moral decision-making.’ Discuss. Critically assess the view that utilitarianism provides a helpful way to make moral decisions. Evaluate Aquinas’ theological approach to conscience. ‘“Good” is meaningful.’ Discuss. Assess the view… Read More Religion and ethics exam questions

Philosophy of religion exam questions

Past paper questions June 2018 (AS and A level questions) ‘Conversion experiences do not provide a basis for belief in God.’ Discuss. Critically discuss Aristotle’s understanding of reality. To what extent does Kant successfully criticise the ontological argument? ‘The best approach to understanding religious language is through the cataphatic way.’ Discuss. To what extent does… Read More Philosophy of religion exam questions

Religion and Ethics revision questions

Aquinas Natural Moral Law Fletcher’s Situation Ethics Deontological Kantian Ethics Teleological ethics – Utilitarianism Euthanasia Business Ethics Ethical language – Meta-ethics Conscience – Aquinas’ theological approach and Freud’s psychological approach Sexual Ethics

Soul, mind and body

Soul, mind and body  (Philosophy of Religion 1b)  In philosophy of mind, what is monism? In philosophy of mind, what is dualism? In philosophy of mind, what is substance dualism? Which philosopher is most connected with substance dualism? Outline Descartes’ conceivability argument? Outline Descartes’ divisibility argument? How does Descartes explain the relationship between mind and… Read More Soul, mind and body

The value of the cosmological argument for faith CA3

In previous posts, our attention has been on the cosmological argument, its strengths and weaknesses, its proposition and objections.  In this final post, we leave that discussion behind us a little to consider what value the argument has when we think of religious faith. Does the argument strengthen faith?  Or does it weaken faith?  Could… Read More The value of the cosmological argument for faith CA3

Objections to the Cosmological Argument – going beyond the evidence CA2(iii)

The Cosmological Argument is an a posteriori argument, meaning it follows on after evidence.  It is an argument based on evidence.  In this case, the evidence presented to us is in the form of observations of the world around us, observations of motion, causation and contingency. Aquinas essentially argues that all of these observations need explaining.… Read More Objections to the Cosmological Argument – going beyond the evidence CA2(iii)

Objections to the Cosmological Argument – the fallacy of composition CA2(ii)

This objection states that the cosmological arguments commits a fallacy of composition. What is a fallacy of composition and how does it relate to the cosmological argument? Firstly, the word fallacy.  A fallacy is a false idea, belief or notion.  It literally means ‘a deception’, so in philosophy, a fallacy refers to a deceptive, false or… Read More Objections to the Cosmological Argument – the fallacy of composition CA2(ii)

Objections to the Cosmological Argument – the possibility of infinite regress CA2(i)

Many people, when they first learn about the cosmological argument in its basic form raise an immediate objection: Who caused God?  While this is an entirely valid criticism, we need to understand this objection in more detail. Let’s focus on Aquinas’ second way which argues that everything has a cause and since nothing can cause… Read More Objections to the Cosmological Argument – the possibility of infinite regress CA2(i)