AQA GCSE “Capital punishment can never be justified.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

Capital punishment is otherwise known as the death penalty and is administered by many different cultures across the world. In Islamic countries such as Saudi Arabia, capital punishment is used in accordance with Sharia Law. Sharia law outlines what actions are halal (permissible) and which are haram (impermissible); the Saudi theocracy then decides how to … Continue reading AQA GCSE “Capital punishment can never be justified.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

“Self-defence is the only acceptable reason to go to war.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

Blue – Your argument  Red – Argument against  Purple – Response There is much debate about what constitutes a fair reason for war or use of force against another nation. Self-defence is one reason but retaliation could also be viewed as legitimate in religions such as Islam and Christianity, as well as secular ethics. The … Continue reading “Self-defence is the only acceptable reason to go to war.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

“Evolution provides the best explanation for how human life has developed.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

Colour Code: Blue – Your argument  Red – Argument against  Purple – Response Evolution is the scientific theory, originally developed by Charles Darwin, which proposes that all life on earth has developed over the course of billions of years through the process of natural section and survival of the fittest. Evidence in support of the … Continue reading “Evolution provides the best explanation for how human life has developed.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

“The First Cause argument proves the existence of God.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

Colour Code: Blue – Your argument  Red – Argument against  Purple – Response The First Cause or Cosmological arguments claim to prove God’s existence through observation of the natural world. This is achieved by the simple notion of everything in existence requiring a cause and therefore logically concluding that the universe itself requires the same. … Continue reading “The First Cause argument proves the existence of God.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

“Eid-ul-Fitr is the most important festival for Muslims”. Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

Colour Code: Blue – Your argument  Red – Argument against  Purple – Response Eid-ul-Fitr is the Muslim festival which celebrates completing the fast during Ramadan; it is known as the lesser Eid. Eid-ul-Fitr could arguably be the most important festival. Eid-ul-Fitr marks the end of Ramadan; the holiest month where Muslims dedicate their efforts to … Continue reading “Eid-ul-Fitr is the most important festival for Muslims”. Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).

“Jihad is about the outward defence of Islam”. Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)

Colour Code: Blue – Your argument  Red – Argument against  Purple – Response Jihad is understood in two different ways; the inner struggle to follow the teachings of Allah or the outer struggle to defend the faith of Islam. There is much debate surrounding which one should be emphasised the most. On the one hand, … Continue reading “Jihad is about the outward defence of Islam”. Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)

Assess Augustine’s view on love and its effect on human nature. (40 marks).

Augustine believed that human nature was naturally inclined to sin, he claims that this is a trait that humans have inherited from Adam, ‘we are all seminally present in the loins of Adam’, and that our inclination to vice comes for original sin. Many people would disagree with this stating that, there are more good … Continue reading Assess Augustine’s view on love and its effect on human nature. (40 marks).