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The course comprises of a study of Religion, Philosophy and Ethics. Students will take one exam in each of three areas of study.
Within Religion Students will study 4 themes: religious figures and sacred texts; religious concepts and religious life; significant social and historical developments in religious thought; religious practices and religious identity. Students will explore the inconsistencies of Biblical stories and discuss whether it is reliable, the benefits of God being a mother and the issues of male language, the challenges to religion from science and pluralism as well as the relationship between religion and society on issues such as migration and wealth.
Within Philosophy students will study 4 themes: arguments for the existence of God; challenges to religious belief; religious experience; religious language. Students will study Descartes, Paley, Dawkins and Hume on issues such as the problem of evil, challenges to religion from secularism and atheism and the counter arguments to philosophies which work to prove the existence of God.
Within Ethics students will study 4 themes: ethical thought; deontological ethics; teleological ethics; determinism and free will. Students will study Utilitarianism, Situation Ethics, Ethical Egoism and others and apply these to the issue of Nuclear Weapons, Polyamorous Relationships, abortion and more.