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6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 13 Religion & Philosophy
Term 1 - Philosophy of Religion   
Religious language: cognitive or non-cognitive language, the challenges of the verification and falsification principles to the meaningfulness of religious language. Responses to these challenges: eschatological verification with reference to Hick, language as an expression of a Blik with reference to R.M.Hare, religious language as a language game with reference to Wittgenstein. Other views of the nature of religious language: religious language as symbolic with reference to Tillich, religious language as analogical with reference to Aquinas, the Via Negativa. The strengths and weaknesses of the differing understandings of religious language. Miracles: Differing understandings of ‘miracle’, realist and anti-realist views, violation of natural law or natural event, comparison of the key ideas of David Hume and Maurice Wiles on miracles, the significance of these views for religion. Self, death and the afterlife: The nature and existence of the soul including Descartes.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2 - Religion and Ethics   
Introduction to meta ethics, including: Divine Command Theory, Naturalism - Utilitarianism, Non-naturalism - Intuitionism. The strengths and weaknesses of these ideas. Free will and moral responsibility, including: free will; understanding the difference between right and wrong, libertarianism, hard determinism, compatibilism, and the relevance of moral responsibility to reward and punishment. Conscience: Differing ideas, religious and non-religious, about the nature of conscience.The role of conscience in making moral decisions with reference to: telling lies and breaking promises, and adultery. The value of conscience as a moral guide. Comparison of the key ideas of Bentham and Kant about moral decision making and how far these two ethical theories are consistent with religious moral decision making.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions. They will also take a formal Mock exam.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 - Study of Religion: Christianity    
Topics include: Christianity, gender and sexuality; Christianity and science; Christianity and the challenge of secularisation; Christianity, migration and religious pluralism.
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4 - Study of Religion: Christianity and Dialogues   
Students will study: The dialogue between Christianity and philosophy The dialogue between Christianity and ethics
Assessment: Students will be assessed through AO1 essays (10 marks) and AO2 essays (15 marks) - completed at home and in timed conditions.Key Words and Terms
 
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