Why Should You Take This Course?
If you are interested in the following kinds of questions and think they might be important, then you should study RS.
What are the main sources for our understanding of God? What are the key philosophical arguments for the existence of God and how persuasive are they? Does the fact that there is evil in the world undermine belief in God? How is it possible to meaningfully talk about God? To what extent are science and religion compatible? How does religion shape the attitudes and practices of people and to what extent is religious toleration possible? In what ways have philosophical, ethical and social scientific studies had an impact on religious thinking?
This area is split into three areas of study:
Philosophy of religion
Ancient philosophical influences
The nature of the soul, mind and body
Arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
The nature and impact of religious experience
The challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
Ideas about the nature of God
Issues in religious language
Religion and ethics
Normative ethical theories
The application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
Ethical language and thought
Debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
Sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Developments in religious thought (Christianity)
Religious beliefs, values and teachings, their interconnections and how they vary historically and in the contemporary world
Sources of religious wisdom and authority
Practices which shape and express religious identity, and how these vary within a tradition
Significant social and historical developments in theology and religious thought
Key themes related to the relationship between religion and society
How will I be assessed?
Assessment is by examination of their written papers for both AS and A Level.
What could I do next?
RS is a respected, traditional academic subject, study of which indicates a capacity to think in a clear and structured fashion and to handle difficult concepts. It is excellent preparation for any humanities degree.
We still have spaces available for courses starting in September 2018. If you wish to apply, please complete the online application form as soon as possible.