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Homosexuality. Sexual Ethics/ Freewill and Determinism OCR A2
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Homosexuality. Sexual Ethics/ Freewill and Determinism OCR A2

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A thought provoking article by a gay writer on the theme of 'Born this way'. Arguments are given as to why the idea of a 'gay gene' has been so influential, and the author's opinion as to why the idea is neither accurate nor helpful. First found on the BBC website, I have put it into article form and added six questions for students to consider at the end. Relevant to both Sexual Ethics (homosexuality) and to Freewill and Determinism (the influence of genetics and environment on our [moral] choices).
Relationship between religion and morality Edexcel A level
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Relationship between religion and morality Edexcel A level

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Powerpoint introduction to the Goodness of God topic. Basis of God's goodness in his character and divine simplicity. Introduction to what 'good' means for God through the Euthyphro Dilemma, and examination of two difficult texts - Abraham's call to sacrifice Isaac, and the Amalekite genocide of 1 Samuel 15. Views of Professors William Lane Craig, William Darwall, Richard Dawkins and Dr Tim Keller summarised or linked to. Includes several Youtube clips and links to wider reading.
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/
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?
Catholic views on Business Ethics: OCR A2
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Catholic views on Business Ethics: OCR A2

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This video is mainly an excellent overview of Business Ethics, with a section on Catholic views at the end. Moving from the simple transactional ethics in an agrarian society, to the challenges of today's anonymous globalised markets, it concludes with a section on what future challenges to for business ethics might look like, and suggestions to make business practice more ethical. Very clear, excellent graphics and lots of useable case studies. 22mins. Worksheet contains headings to help with student notetaking.
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.
'They had no right to happiness': adultery, Kant and C.S. Lewis. Sexual ethics OCR A2
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'They had no right to happiness': adultery, Kant and C.S. Lewis. 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.
OCR AS Philosophy of Religion Problem of Evil and Stephen Fry
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OCR AS Philosophy of Religion Problem of Evil and Stephen Fry

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An introduction to both the evidential (Good Morning Vietnam) and logical (Epicurus, inconsistent triad) problems of evil. Students watch the interview between Gay Byrne and Stephen Fry on RTE (now has over 6 million hits on youtube) and try recreate it (God is capricious, mean and stupid to allow bone cancer in children). Students also consider whether or not atheists have a 'problem of evil', by examining the views of Richard Dawkins.
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.