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Short Course Outline: Philosophy and Ethics (focusing on Christianity)

Information taken from OCR GCSE RS B: Philosophy and Ethics www.ocr.org.uk 

Religion and Science

This Topic is concerned with religious views about the origins of the world and of humanity, and the extent to which these views can be compatible with scientific theories. It also addresses religious understandings of the relationship between humanity and the rest of the planet.

 

You will need to learn about the following topics:

  • Christian ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity;
  • Scientific ideas about the origins of the world and of humanity: very basic understandings of the Big Bang theory, and of Darwinian evolutionary theory;
  • Christian views about what sets people apart from animals; Christian ideas about stewardship; Christian responses to environmental issues.

Death and the Afterlife

This Topic is concerned with religious concepts of life after death.

 

You will need to learn about the following topics:

  • The ways in which Christians understand the distinction between ‘body’ and ‘soul’;
  • Understandings of heaven, hell and purgatory;
  • The concept of God as judge, the relation between moral behaviour and the afterlife;
  • Christian funeral rites, and the ways in which these reflect belief and aim to support the bereaved.

Good and Evil

This Topic is concerned with the ways in which religions understand the nature and origins of good and evil, and the ways in which religious believers cope with problems of suffering.

 

You will need to learn about the following topics:

  • Different beliefs about God and the Devil or Satan;
  • Christian responses to the problem of evil: the suffering of Christ;
  • Coping with suffering through acceptance and prayer;
  • Discovering the right way to behave through the Bible, the example of Christ,
  • the conscience;
  • The reasons why Christians try to follow a moral code.

Medical Ethics

This Topic is concerned with religious responses to ethical questions raised by medical issues.

 

You will need to learn about the following topics:

  • Different Christian attitudes towards abortion;
  • Christian responses to issues raised by fertility treatment;
  • Christian attitudes towards euthanasia and suicide;
  • Christian beliefs about the use of animals in medical research.

Religion, Peace and Justice

This Topic is concerned with religious responses to moral issues of war, peace, violence and justice.

 

You will need to learn about the following topics:

  • Christian attitudes towards war: the Just War;
  • Christian attitudes towards the use of violence and towards pacifism;
  • Christian beliefs about the treatment of criminals;
  • Christian responses to social injustice.