Gce religious Studies



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Suggested teaching time

8 hours

Topic

The Problem of Evil

Topic outline

Suggested teaching and homework activities

Suggested resources

Points to note

Introduction to the Problem of Evil

  • Link from previous topic. Is world well designed. Brainstorm the ‘evils’ in the world. Which are natural, which are moral? Formulate the classic problem of evil, the inconsistent triad? What responses can be made? What is a theodicy?

  • The Thinker’s Guide to Evil (Peter Vardy & Julie Arliss).




The Nature of the problem of evil, and the perceived differences between natural and moral evil.

  • Students produce either a picture montage or a PowerPoint slide show illustrating either natural or moral evil. Appropriate music could be selected to play alongside the slide show.

  • Newspapers, internet images, photographs.




The classic theodicy of Augustine: how it understands the responsibility or otherwise of God for the existence of evil in the world and the role of human freewill

  • Philosophy of Religion (Cole).

  • Philosophy of Religion for A Level (Jordan, Lockyer & Tate).

  • The Thinker’s Guide to Evil (Peter Vardy & Julie Arliss).




The strengths and weaknesses of the approach.

  • Evaluate Augustine’s response to both natural and moral evil either as table of strengths and weaknesses or by writing a dialogue.

  • Philosophy of Religion (Cole).

  • Philosophy of Religion for A Level (Jordan, Lockyer & Tate).






Religious Studies H172: Philosophy of Religion G571




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