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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
Bridging Project:  A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
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Bridging Project: A Level Philosophy, Religion and Ethics

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Suitable for self - learning and progression into A level RS, a booklet with a two hour section on each of Philosophy of Religion, Religion (Christianity) and Ethics. All resources mentioned in the tasks are available for free, including the Ethics book. All the links work and each section directly relates to A level course of study (most suitable for Eduquas and Edexcel exam boards). With thanks to Nikki McGee on Save RE who inspired the format and task 2.
Corporate religious experience:  the Eucharist, Taize, and charismatic worship (Hillsong). OCR A2.
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Corporate religious experience: the Eucharist, Taize, and charismatic worship (Hillsong). OCR A2.

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Powerpoint providing examples of corporate religious experience. From the ethereal chords of Mozart's Requiem to the base guitar and full rock band of megachurch Hillsong Australia, how does music influence religious experience? Finishes with an investigation into charismatic phenomena (signs and wonders, esp healing and glossolalia) and also a research task into the Toronto Blessing.
Extra marital sex: a deontological approach. Sexual ethics OCR A2
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Extra marital sex: a deontological approach. Sexual ethics OCR A2

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Exploration of deontological approaches to marriage and sex, with a particular focus on Immanuel Kant. Are extramarital and premarital sex irrational? Also features a youtube video, 'C.S. Lewis' famous essay 'We have no right to happiness', which proved very provocative with my students! A great discussion starter on the differences between deontological and teleological approaches in sexual ethics.
The Big Bang and creationism: OCR AS Religion and Science
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The Big Bang and creationism: OCR AS Religion and Science

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What is the Big Bang theory, and does it have implications for religious believers? This lesson explores no - NOMA (Stephen Jay Gould); yes- God is irrelevant - Prof. Stephen Hawking; and examines responses from Profs John Lennox and Alistair McGrath. Differences between young Earth creationists and progressive creationists summarized. Contains several stimulating Youtube clips, and an infographic summarising different views on dinosaurs.
Numinous experience - does the uncanny serve as evidence for the existence of God? OCR A2
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Numinous experience - does the uncanny serve as evidence for the existence of God? OCR A2

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Profoundly unsettling and difficult to describe, is the experience of the 'uncanny' evidence for the existence of God? This lesson introduces Otto's ideas, and presents C.S. Lewis' critique of them in the form of an animated retelling of his famous introduction to 'The Problem of Pain' (ghost in the room, tiger in the next room etc). Isaiah's vision of the Lord filling the temple analysed, and a discussion of how the Numinous links with Gothic Horror literature. Students to synthesise their thoughts in an essay plan.
A 'normal adolescent phenomenon'? William James on Conversion Experience, OCR A2
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A 'normal adolescent phenomenon'? William James on Conversion Experience, OCR A2

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A lesson prepared for my school's MOCKsted inspection, featuring introduction to the term 'conversion', excerpts from James' lectures on the subject, a video testimony of gangster-turned-preacher Nicky Cruz, plus the confession of the 'most dejected convert in all England': C.S. Lewis. Students consider whether James' idea that conversion is a 'normal adolescent phenomenon' is borne out by evidence.
Nature of God OCR A2: God's attributes according to Anselm in the Proslogion
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Nature of God OCR A2: God's attributes according to Anselm in the Proslogion

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I have turned some of the work of Rev. Dr Thomas Williams' entry on Anselm in the SEP into a handout. Focusses on how Anselm develops his discussions of God's impassibility, timelessness and simplicity, from his several statements of the ontological argument in Proslogion 2 and 3. Actually not as complex as it sounds! Full article found at http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/anselm/
J.S. Mill and Natural Evil - criticisms of the Design Argument. OCR AS
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J.S. Mill and Natural Evil - criticisms of the Design Argument. OCR AS

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Extracts from Mill's 'Three Essays on Religion', focussing on his claim that Nature is excessively cruel. Does the amount of pain in the natural world indicate that the world is not good? Also examines Richard Dawkins' example of the Digger Wasp and his counterclaim that nature is not cruel, merely 'pitilessly indifferent'.
If Christians can eat prawns, why is gay sex wrong? Sexual ethics for OCR A2
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If Christians can eat prawns, why is gay sex wrong? Sexual ethics for OCR A2

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Prawns? Lycra? Gay sex?Aren't the Old Testament's prohibitions against shellfish, mixed fibres and homosexuality indicative of an arbitrary and outdated morality? This lesson on homosexuality examines Biblical texts, discusses the meaning of the 'moral' and 'ceremonial' laws, introduces a Foucaultian persective on sexuality as power, and gives three personal stories - Rev Vaughan Roberts, Mark Cannon, and Vicky Beeching (shortlised for Stonewall's Hero of the Year award, 2014). Students encouraged to analyse the differing perspectives within one faith tradition and to finish with an essay plan on the role conscience plays in sexual matters.
OCR A2 Nature of God: God's simplicity
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OCR A2 Nature of God: God's simplicity

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A brief powerpoint exploring the doctrine of divine simplicity - does God have parts? What implications does this idea have for discussion of such attributes as omniscience, omnipotence, eternality?