Death and the Afterlife- “Hell is an idea, not a place”. Discuss. (40 marks)

The idea of judgement and heaven and hell is essential to Christianity, and traditionally Christianity teaches that after death, the faithful will go to heaven and those who have lived in sin will be subjected to eternal punishment.  The story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke’s gospel, for example, gives a clear message … Continue reading Death and the Afterlife- “Hell is an idea, not a place”. Discuss. (40 marks)

Augustine on human nature – How convincing are Augustine’s teachings on the historical Fall and Original Sin? (40 marks)

Augustine was a 4th century philosopher who combined Christian doctrine with Neoplatonism. Augustine philosophy tries to reconcile beliefs about freewill, especially the belief that humans are morally responsible for their actions, with the belief that one’s life is predestined. His philosophy developed at a time when religious pluralism was being increasingly overcome by Christian values promoted by Emperor … Continue reading Augustine on human nature – How convincing are Augustine’s teachings on the historical Fall and Original Sin? (40 marks)

The person of Jesus Christ – “Jesus was nothing more than a teacher of wisdom.” Discuss. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue – Your argument   Red – Argument against Orange – Critical analysis Purple – Scholars/ key people Jesus Christ is the central figure of Christianity and is believed to be the Son of God. This claim, through the death and resurrection, makes Jesus more than just a prophet or teacher. His death is believed … Continue reading The person of Jesus Christ – “Jesus was nothing more than a teacher of wisdom.” Discuss. (40 marks)

Death and the afterlife – Evaluate different Christian views on heaven, hell and purgatory. (40 marks)

Colour code:  Blue – Your argument   Red – Argument against Orange – Critical analysis Purple – Scholars Christianity has a wide range of views on eschatology, the doctrine of last things and the afterlife due to the nature of the topic and range of sources that are used as evidence.  Biblically heaven, hell are mentioned in … Continue reading Death and the afterlife – Evaluate different Christian views on heaven, hell and purgatory. (40 marks)