Philosophy of Religion A Level at St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School
Philosophy in general is the practice of trying to answer the Big Questions, the ones that can’t be answered by science. Questions like:
- What is knowledge? How do we know things? Do we know anything at all? (this is Epistemology)
- What kinds of things actually exist? What is “existence”? (Metaphysics)
- What is science? How does it work? What is “good” science? (Philosophy of Science)
- What should we do? What is the good life? (Ethics)
- How should we structure a society? (Political Philosophy)
- What is beauty? What is art? What makes something good or bad art? (Aesthetics)
- What is the mind? What is consciousness? How do they work? (Philosophy of Mind)
- How can we think clearly and correctly about these questions? (Logic)
- We think and ask questions with words. What are words, and how do they work? (Philosophy of Language)
Philosophy used to ask other questions, too, before we invented the tools needed to answer them even better with science. For example, the first philosophers speculated about what things are made of. But now we have the tools to do modern chemistry and physics, and we know that everything is made of atoms and subatomic particles and such. So those questions aren’t part of philosophy any more. They’ve been handed over to science.
Philosophy of religion, then, applies the methods of philosophy to the subject matter of Christianity. Philosophy of religion asks questions like:
- Does God exist?
- If so, what is the nature of God?
…but it answers these questions not by appealing so much to the Bible or Jesus, but by giving valid logical arguments and critically examined evidence. It answers Christian questions with the methods of philosophy.
Perhaps you would like to get involved in the philosophy of religion debates. Perhaps you would like to try to work out for yourself what is and isn’t true, and engage with others who are trying to figure out the same things. How can you participate?
Welcome to A-Level Philosophy of Religion.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Peter's Catholic Comprehensive School directly.