Gce religious Studies

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Judeo-Christian Influence on the philosophy of religion

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Discuss, whether, if God created the universe, God is therefore responsible for everything that happens in it.

  • Class Debate: ‘If God creates everything, He is responsible for everything.’ Key Issues may include the problem of evil, freewill, evolution etc.

  • Students write a couple of paragraphs summarising the discussion.

The goodness of God

  • Stimulus: Give students a series of sentences describing things as good. E.g. A good night out, a good dog, a good table, a good person etc. What does the word good mean in each context? What does it mean to say that God is Good?

  • Issue different passages from the Bible to each group. Groups report back to class on what happens and how it shows God to be Good.

  • A modern translation of the Bible.

  • A wide selection of passages to show the different aspects of God’s goodness is essential. Passages may include the 10 Commandments, the answering of Hannah’s prayer, a prophecy of judgement from the OT.

Consider whether, in a Biblical context, God commands things because they are good, or whether things are good because God commands them.

  • Stimulus: present students with some strange OT commands. Briefly explain the difficulty of linking God and morality. What are the consequences for each of the options? Students write up discussion.

  • Ethical Studies (Bowie).

  • ‘Ethics’ (Simon Blackburn) has a spoof Internet letter entitled ‘Dear Dr Laura’ which parodies some unusual OT commands by applying them to modern situations.

Religious Studies H172: Philosophy of Religion G571

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