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1st Edition

Routledge A Level Religious Studies
AS and Year One

ISBN 9781138631397
Published October 5, 2017 by Routledge
528 Pages

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Book Description

Routledge A Level Religious Studies: AS and Year One is an engaging and comprehensive textbook for the new 2016 OCR A Level Religious Studies syllabus. Structured closely around the OCR specification, this textbook covers philosophy, ethics and Christianity, in an engaging and student-friendly way.

Each chapter includes:

  • An OCR specification checklist, to clearly illustrate which topics from the specification are covered in each chapter;
  • Explanations of key terminology;
  • Review questions, thought points and activities to test understanding;
  • An overview of key scholars and theories;
  • Chapter summaries.

With a section dedicated to preparing for assessment, Routledge A Level Religious Studies: AS and Year One provides students with all the skills they need to succeed. This book comes complete with diagrams and tables, lively illustrations, a comprehensive glossary and full bibliography. The companion website hosts a wealth of further resources to enhance the learning experience.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements, How to use this book, Answering examination questions, Timeline. PART I PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION. Ancient philosophical influences. 1 Plato. 2 Aristotle. 3 Soul, mind and body. The existence of God. 4 Arguments based on observation. 5 Arguments based on reason: the ontological argument. God and the world. 6 Religious experience. 7 The problem of evil. PART II RELIGIOUS ETHICS. 8 What is ethics? 9 Moral absolutism and moral relativism. Normative ethical theories: religious approaches. 10 Natural moral law. 11 Situation ethics. Normative ethical theories. 12 Kantian ethics. 13 Utilitarianism. Applied Ethics. 14 Euthanasia. 15 Business ethics. PART III DEVELOPMENTS IN CHRISTIAN THOUGHT. 16 Introduction. Insight. 17 Augustine’s teaching on human nature. 18 Death and the afterlife. Foundations. 19 Knowledge of God’s existence. 20 The person of Jesus Christ. Living. 21 Christian moral principles. 22 Christian moral action. Glossary, Bibliography, Index.

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Jon Mayled is a chief examiner. He is author and editor of many popular books for the GCSE and GCE specifications.

Jill Oliphant was formerly Head of Religious Studies at Angley School in Kent, UK.

Sam Pillay is Subject Leader in Religious Studies at the Axe Valley Academy in Devon, UK..

Matthew Taylor is an experienced examiner and Headmaster of King's College (HMC), the British School of Madrid.


'This book skilfully combines friendly and accessible content, helpful summaries and review questions, and clear guidance on how to prepare for the examinations. Highly recommended.'

Alan Brine, former HMI and Ofsted Religious Education subject adviser, UK.

'The perfect "one-stop" textbook for both students and teachers alike, this is a must-buy text. Each chapter progresses through the course in a clear and logical development of thought and, whilst thorough and detailed, it is written in a style that is accessible. The layout is designed to be friendly for pupils and contains helpful questions and thought points to consolidate learning, whilst the content delivers enough detail to support teachers in their delivery of the subject.'

Martin Malton-Earl, Lead for Social and Ethical Studies, The King Edward VI School, Morpeth, Northumberland, UK.