Why Should You Take This Course?
If these questions strike you as interesting and important, you should study Religious Studies:
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?
Unit 1: Philosophy of Religion
You will study 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 and issues in religious language.
Unit 2: Religion and Ethics
You will study 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 and sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs.
Unit 3: Developments in Religious Thought (Christianity)
You will study 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 and key themes related to the relationship between religion and society.
How will I be assessed?
There will be a 2 hour written paper, one for each unit (3 exams in total).
What could I do next?
Religious Studies is a respected, traditional academic subject, study of which indicated a capacity to think in a clear and structured fashion and to handle difficult concepts. It is excellent preparation for any humanities degree.