This comprehensive and easy to use textbook is endorsed by OCR for use with the Philosophy of Religion unit of the OCR AS Religious Studies specification. KEY FEATURES Co-authored by experienced examiners, "Stretch and Challenge" material for advanced students, a timeline of philosophers, an appendix on revision notes. Each chapter includes; essential new vocabulary with definitions, extracts from primary texts, examination tips, discussion topics and practice exam questions, suggestions for further reading. Fundamental concepts covered include arguments for the existence of God, including the Ontological, Cosmological, Moral and Teleological Arguments, as well as challenges to faith from the Problem of Evil and other sources. Background material from Ancient Philosophy and the Judaeo-Christian tradition is explained, and there are specially developed sections on Boethius and the Divine Attributes and Modern Science, both new to the specification. A particular feature of this book is substantial "Stretch and Challenge" material throughout which allows students to develop further. This material is clearly highlighted as additional to the text.
Dr Michael B. Wilkinson has taught A Level Religious Studies for over 30 years, he is a former OCR Principal Examiner and is still a senior examiner. His doctorate was awarded for a study of the philosophy of Archbishop William Temple. He is an active member of both the British and European Socities for the Philosophy of Religion. Dr. Hugh N. Campbell is Principal Examiner for Philosophy of Religion A Level (old curriculum specification and new specification). He has been teaching philosophy of religion for almost 20 years.
Introductory chapter on methodology; Timeline; 1. Ancient Greek Influences: Plato; 2. Ancient Greek Influences: Aristotle; 3. Judaeo Christian Influences: God as Creator; 4. Judaeo Christian Influences: God and Goodness; 5. Arguments for the Existence of God: The Ontological Argument; 6. Arguments for the Existence of God: Cosmological Argument 1; 7. Arguments for the Existence of God: Cosmological Argument 2 - Copleston -Russell Debate; 8. Arguments for the Existence of God: The Design Argument; 9. Arguments for the Existence of God: The Moral Argument; 10. Challenges to Belief: Evil: Augustinian Theodicy; 11. Challenges to Belief: Evil: Irenaean Theodicy; 12. Challenges to Belief: Religion and Science 1: The Darwinian Challenge; 13. Challenges to Belief: Religion and Science 2: Intelligent Design; Appendix: Revision notes; [Please note: each chapter structure follows precisely the new OCR course syllabus].