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 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?
You will address these and a range of other questions at both AS and A Level through studying two topics.
Systematic Study of one Religion
At AS and A Level this includes the study of religious beliefs about the nature of God, the afterlife and the self and the sources of authority and wisdom such as scripture and/or sacred texts.
Philosophical, Ethical and Social Scientific Studies of Religion
At AS and A Level this includes the study of philosophical arguments for the existence of God, the problem of evil, ethical theories and their application to matters of life and death, poverty and world development and an analysis of social scientific approaches to religion.
At A Level you will broaden and deepen your understanding of these themes by investigating issues which include the following:
- Significant social and historical developments in theology or religious thought
- Religious tolerance, respect and recognition, interfaith dialogue and the ways that religious traditions view other traditions and their true-claims
- The impact of developments in philosophical, ethical and social scientific studies of religion
- The nature and meaning of religious language
- A comparison of the key ideas presented in works of at least two key philosophers of religion
How will I be assessed?
AS and A Level will be assessed by examinations.
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.