Four exemplar essays to use with students to show one of the possible ways of answering the questions set in the 2018 exam for Philosophy of Religion. They were written in as close to exam conditions as possible and have a clear and logical structure.
‘Corporate religious experiences are less reliable than individual religious experiences.’ Discuss (40 marks)
‘The best approach to understanding religious language is through the cataphatic way’ discuss (40 marks)
Assess Boethius’s view that divine eternity does not limit human freewill (40 marks)
To what extent does Hume successfully argue that observation does not prove the existence of God? (40 marks)
I have been teaching Religious Studies for 10 years and have recent examiner experience.
3 x Sample answers for 2018 OCR Religious Studies A-Level – Ethics paper A grade
Evaluate Aquinas’ theological approach to conscience (40 marks) Level 6
‘“Good” is meaningful’. Discuss (40 marks) Level 6
Assess the view that natural law is of no help with regard to the issue of euthanasia (40 marks) Level 5
4 x exemplar essays for the 2019 Philosophy of Religion paper, written under timed conditions by a teacher with extensive examination experience at senior level.
Suggestions for use:
Get students to highlight AO1 according to mark scheme
Get student to highlight AO2, picking out (i) judgement (ii) justification
Get students to mind map structure of essay