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Philosophy, Religion and Ethics
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the Old Testament's prohibitions against shellfish, mixed fibres and homosexuality indicative of an arbitrary and outdated morality?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.
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.
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.
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.
Ethics A2: Compatibilism and moral responsibility
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Ethics A2: Compatibilism and moral responsibility

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How can a theist hold a compatibilist position? What might their views on moral responsibility look like? In this clear and uncommon argument, theologian John Frame presents a compelling case for theistic compatibilism. An extremely useful counter to the standard theological determinist (Calvin et al) case, and helpful in its selection of examples. First accessed at http://www.thirdmill.org/files/english/html/th/TH.h.Frame.FreeWill.MoralResp.html
OCR A2 Life after Death - Christian views on resurrection
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OCR A2 Life after Death - Christian views on resurrection

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Powerpoint explaining key Christian views on resurrection, using biblical passages and images. The timeline of the first and second resurrections explained, plus the nature of the resurrection body and what the disembodied soul is like before resurrection (Tertullian's traducianism and Aquinas' creationism of the soul are summarised). Starter activity using a popular Christian song, with an evocative video - students to analyse lyrics and explain symbolism used. Links to other syllabus areas e.g. is eternal punishment fair? How can Heaven be perfect if there is something that the disembodied soul is waiting for in it?
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.
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/