The 18th century, English philosopher William Paley is best known for the teleological a posteriori argument for how the world came to be what it is today. (Telos= end of purpose) He proposed that things in our world work to well to have happened by chance and subsequently their must have been a creator or … Continue reading “William Paley presents the most effective form of the design argument.” Assess the statement. (40 marks)
Dualism is the philosophical concept stating that the soul and the body are separate, and therefore after death the soul lives on. Plato (a 4th century ancient Greek philosopher) and René Descartes (a 16th century French Philosopher and mathematician) proposed the concept of an immortal soul (psyche), with Descartes in particular stating the distinction between … Continue reading ‘Evaluate the view that the thinking mind is separate from the body.’ (40 marks).
Colour Code: Blue – Your argument Red – Argument against Purple – Response Quality of life is the measure of a person's happiness within their lives, both physically and mentally. Many believe that it is important to have a good quality of life as otherwise the person may suffer which is why some may decide … Continue reading AQA GCSE “If the quality of life is not going to be good, abortion is the best option.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks).
Colour Code: Blue – Your argument Red – Argument against Purple – Response The design argument is the argument for the existence of God or for an intelligent creator based on the natural evidence around us. On one hand I agree with the statement. Scottish philosopher David Hume argued that “even if we grant that … Continue reading AQA GCSE “The Design Argument cannot prove God’s existence.” Evaluate (12 marks)
Colour Code: Blue – Your argument Red – Argument against Purple – Response Pilgrimage can be defined as a physical and spiritual journey which is undertaken by a religious believer. It is difficult to argue that pilgrimage is the most significant Christian practice because there are other types of worship which are focused on more … Continue reading AQA GCSE “Pilgrimage is the most significant practice for Christians.” Assess this statement. (12 marks)
Colour Code: Blue – Your argument Red – Argument against Purple – Response Baptism is the Christian practice in which an individual is washed with water, either submerged or in a Font, with the intention of being introduced to the faith or to wash away original sin. In opposition, there are other sacraments in the … Continue reading AQA GCSE “Baptism is the most important sacrament.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)
Colour Code: Blue – Your argument Red – Argument against Purple – Response A key teaching known as the “Great Commission” states “go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.” Therefore, evangelism involves spreading the Christian message through the … Continue reading AQA GCSE “Evangelism is not effective, as seen in the decline of Church attendance globally.” Evaluate this statement. (12 marks)