Knowledge of God’s existence- Discuss critically the view that Christians can discover truths about God using human reason. (40 marks)

Natural theology is the name given to attempts to discover truths about the existence and nature of God by using human experience and human reason. For most Christian thinkers, natural theology has played an important part in supporting and developing Christian belief systems. The Bible offers the view that the natural world demonstrates truths about … Continue reading Knowledge of God’s existence- Discuss critically the view that Christians can discover truths about God using human reason. (40 marks)

Augustine on human nature- “Humans can never be morally good through their own efforts”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Augustine’s starting point is the account of creation in Genesis 1-3. He taught that in the beginning humans lived in harmony alongside God.  It was a time when the human body, will and reason were all in complete co-operation with each other. The human will comprised cupiditas (self-love) and caritas (generous love) which were both … Continue reading Augustine on human nature- “Humans can never be morally good through their own efforts”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The person of Jesus Christ- Assess the view that Jesus’ resurrection proves he was the Son of God. (40 marks)

‘Son of God’ is a title used for Jesus in the New Testament and in the early Church. In the Old Testament, this phrase was used to describe the King of Israel, but in the Gospels it highlights Jesus’ unique relationship with God and for the evangelists it is the preeminent title for Jesus. Mark … Continue reading The person of Jesus Christ- Assess the view that Jesus’ resurrection proves he was the Son of God. (40 marks)

The person of Jesus Christ- Assess the view that Jesus’ miracles prove he was the Son of God. (40 marks)

‘Son of God’ is a title used for Jesus in the New Testament and in the early Church. In the Old Testament, this phrase was used to describe the King of Israel, but in the Gospels it highlights Jesus’ unique relationship with God and for the evangelists it is the preeminent title for Jesus. Mark … Continue reading The person of Jesus Christ- Assess the view that Jesus’ miracles prove he was the Son of God. (40 marks)

The person of Jesus Christ- “There is no evidence to suggest that Jesus thought of himself as divine”. Discuss. (40 marks)

‘Son of God’ is a title used for Jesus in the New Testament and in the early Church. In the Old Testament, this phrase was used to describe the King of Israel, but in the Gospels it highlights Jesus’ unique relationship with God and for the evangelists it is the preeminent title for Jesus. Mark … Continue reading The person of Jesus Christ- “There is no evidence to suggest that Jesus thought of himself as divine”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the Afterlife – “Purgatory is a state through which everyone goes”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The doctrine of purgatory is a Catholic teaching which was developed by early Christian thinkers such as Origen and Augustine. Pope Gregory in the sixth century developed the idea based upon Jesus saying: “…anyone who speaks against the Holy Spirit will not be forgiven, either in this age or in the age to come.” (Matt … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife – “Purgatory is a state through which everyone goes”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the Afterlife- “There are so many different beliefs about the afterlife that there is no point concerning one’s self with it”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The basis for Christian belief in a life after death centres on the belief that Jesus died and rose again.  He taught that his death would prompt God to establish a new kingdom, and that through belief in him, his followers would have a place in the new kingdom: “I am the resurrection and the … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife- “There are so many different beliefs about the afterlife that there is no point concerning one’s self with it”. Discuss. (40 marks)