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)

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)

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)