OCR Philosophy of Religion for AS and A2 is a textbook for students of Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Level courses, endorsed by OCR for use with the OCR GCE Religious Studies specification. The book covers all the topics of the Philosophy of Religion component of the A Level specification in an enjoyable and student-friendly fashion. This second edition has been restructured for the revised specification and now includes new chapters on the 'Nature of God' and 'Religion and Science'.
Each chapter includes:
- a list of key issues, to introduce students to the topic
- OCR specification checklist, to allow students to see which topics from the specification are covered in each chapter
- explanations of key terminology
- discussion questions, thought points and activities
- exam-style practice questions
- self-test review questions
- helpful summaries
- annotated further reading suggestions.
To maximize students' chances of exam success, the book includes a chapter dedicated to answering examination questions. The book comes complete with lively illustrations, a comprehensive glossary, a full bibliography and a companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415468244.
Table of Contents
How to Use This Book. Acknowledgements. Answering Examination Questions Part 1: The God of Philosophy 1. Plato and Philosophy of Religion 2. Aristotle and Philosophy of Religion Part 2: The God of Faith 3. God the Creator 4. The Goodness of God. Summary Parts 1 and 2: The Gods of Faith and Philosophy Compared Part 3: The Existence of God 5. The Ontological Argument 6. The Cosmological Argument 7. The Teleological Argument 8. The Moral Argument Part 4: Challenges to the Belief in God 9. The Problem of Evil 10. Religion and Science 11. Psychology and Sociology of Religion Part 5: The Nature of Religious Belief 12. Life After Death 13. Revelation and Holy Scripture 14. Religious Experience 15. Miracles 16. Religious Language 17. Nature of God. Glossary. Bibliography. Index
Matthew Taylor is Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Colchester County High School for Girls. He was previously Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic V. A. School in Oxford.
Jon Mayled is author and editor of many popular books for the GCE and GCSE specifications.
Praise for the first edition:
"This is an excellent book with appropriate and comprehensive material for the specification. It has a clear layout which makes it 'pupil friendly'. I shall certainly use it with my AS and A2 students." – Geraldine Crouch, Head of Religious Studies, St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent