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the Old Testament's prohibitions against shellfish, mixed fibres and homosexuality indicative of an arbitrary and outdated morality?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.
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.
'The Screwtape Letters' deal with the 'meddlesome' Boethius and his writings on divine foreknowledge. Does God know the outcome of a believer's prayers before they are asked? If so, what is the point of praying?
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.
Explains God’s omnibonevolence, with Scriptural support, and then the Euthypro challenge. Use of Abraham’s sacrifice of Isaac and the Amalekite genocide as specific examples of possible arbitrary and tyrannical divine commands. Humanist and religious response given.
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.
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
This source article, from an business ethics website, helps candidates to apply Kantian and Virtue ethics thinking to rights and duties in the business context. Is it still cheating if it is the small guy who lets the big guy down?
Explains the origin of the Intelligent Design movement, the influence of Michael Behe, common criticisms and strengths. Features stimulating youtube video material of Behe, a bacterial flagellum (!) and Dawkins.
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?
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.
A brief powerpoint and research activity focussed on the benefits and challenges that Roman occupation brought to the world of the first century. Activity is running a campaign to challenge the Judean People's Front! (or, should that be the People's Front of Judea?!)
Intended for Edexcel new spec Topic 1.2 of Paper 3 - New Testament. Exploring the social, economic and geographical context of the events of the Gospels. As yet untested on an actual class - feedback welcome!
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/
The new Edexcel specification asks for 'biblical examples of situationist teaching, such as illustrated in the ministry of Jesus' (page 21). This is my attempt at fleshing that out! Good for synoptic links between NT and Ethics papers.