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Religion is essentially art and the theory of the remaking of man. Man is not a finished creation.
– Edmund Burke
Focusing on the Western intellectual tradition, it considers the possible philosophical ‘proofs’ of God and emphasises some of the ‘big’ questions in life.
Is there ultimate right or wrong?
What is the source of morality?
Can rules be considered absolute or relative?
What is the relationship between body and soul, and how does this affect personal identity?
Ultimately the aim is to analyse, and question ideas and perspectives look at the theological concepts that challenge our society to this very day. The course is not dominated by one particular doctrinal outlook but instead encourages debate from a number of perspectives.
Breakdown of the core Religious Studies A-Level modules:
Unit 1 – Philosophy of Religion.
The Ancient Greek influences on religious thought, Judeo-Christian influences on philosophy of religion, traditional arguments for the existence of God, and challenges to religious belief form a major element of this AS Unit. This involves approaching the topic from a broad philosophical and historical basis, towards an understanding of the traditions of God as the creator and founder of values.
Key thinkers and debates from the perspectives of Plato and Aristotle will be examined. In addition, arguments for God from St Anselm, Descartes, St Aquinas, Paley and Kant, combined with counterarguments and atheist challenges from Hume, Mill, Russell, Nietzsche, Freud and Darwin will be explored and debated. The nature and problem of evil will be addressed (e.g. why does He allow evil and suffering?), in addition to the relationship between science and religion.
Unit 2 – Religious Ethics.
This AS Unit looks into why Ethical theory is critiqued: absolutism and relativism, deontology and teleology. Then students analyse Natural Law, Kantian Ethics, Utilitarianism are explored, as well as specifically Christian principles such as the sanctity of life and ‘agape’ love. These principles are then applied to challenging issues such as war and peace, and medical ethics such as genetic modification, abortion, and euthanasia.
Unit 3 – Philosophy of Religion.
This A2 Unit examines religious thought and language from a theological and philosophical perspective. Different views about the relationship between the body and soul and life after death are explored. Students will also study religious experience; the concept of miracle; the nature of God. Significant philosophers investigated in this Unit include Plato, Ayer, Wittgenstein, Hume, Boethius, and Dawkins.
Unit 4 – Religious Ethics.
In this year 13 module students will compound the knowledge of the previous unit to study Meta-ethics (the theory that ethical statements are non-factual); the notions of Free Will and Determinism; the nature and role of the conscience; and Virtue Ethics from Aristotle to twentieth century philosophers. These ethical theories learned in the course are applied to the issues of controversial environmental, business and sexual ethics.
Both A2 units require you to apply knowledge and understanding of material studied throughout the whole syllabus.
Religious Studies at A-level offers a multitude of fascinating and important questions to students. Questions such as the definition of God, whether God’s existence can be proved, why evil exists if God is omnipotent. Half of the course considers theories of ethics and their ramifications, including issues such as the relation of morality & religion, free will & determinism, and meta-ethics.
Why is it worth studying A-Level Religious Studies
A-Level Religious Studies helps students develop marketable skills, such as:
Analytical and strategic thinking
The ability to work with abstract, conceptual ideas
What can you do with a Religious Studies degree?
Psychology opens up a door to many fun career possibilities, such as:
Further education teacher
Higher education teacher
Primary school teacher
Secondary school teacher
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