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Religious Studies A Level at Thomas Tallis School

Course description

There probably isn’t another subject like RS. RS tackles the big questions right away: does God exist? Why do evil things happen? What is the nature of religious experience? What role does God play in ethics? Where do Christian ideas come from, and what relevance do they have now?

There are three assessment components, all assessed by two hour written exam.

Course content

Philosophy of Religion

Assessed by 2 hour written paper
Learners will study:
- ancient philosophical influences
- the nature of the soul, mind and body
- arguments about the existence or non-existence of God
- the nature and impact of religious experience
- the challenge for religious belief of the problem of evil
- ideas about the nature of God
- issues in religious language

Religion and Ethics

Learners will study:
- normative ethical theories
- the application of ethical theory to two contemporary issues of importance
- ethical language and thought
- debates surrounding the significant idea of conscience
- sexual ethics and the influence on ethical thought of developments in religious beliefs

Development in Christian Religious Thought
Learners will study:
- core Christian beliefs and their origin in early theology
- Christian conceptions of the relationship with God and with Jesus
- the Bible, the Church and reason as sources of moral authority
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer’s contribution to Christian moral principles
- Pluralism and religious tolerance
- Feminist theology
- Secularism

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thomas Tallis School directly.

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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