Philosophy Through Christianity, 2nd edition

By Lorraine Abbott
December 2009
Hodder Education
Distrubuted by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
ISBN: 9780340984116
120 pages, Illustrated
$35.00 Paper Original

This successful textbook has been re-editioned to support the 2009 OCR GCSE Religious Studies B specification.

It can be used to deliver the short course for OCR GCSE RS B in philosophy. It delivers the course through Christianity only, and therefore provides an in depth look at the issues in question.

The book has a range of activities to engage the students; from key questions, discussion points, research tasks, extension activities to exam questions. Personal accounts of beliefs and experiences intersperse the main text to allow students to relate to the material they are reading.

Each unit is summarised in the form of revision 'cards' to give students a 'snapshot look' at what they have just learned and need to learn for the exam.

This book can be combined with Ethics through Christianity for OCR B GCSE Religious Studies: Second Edition to provide support for the full course.

Table of Contents:
About the exam
About the book
Topic 1 Belief about deity
Philosophical arguments for the existence of God
Christian beliefs about the nature of God
Reasons Christians give in support of their belief in God
Belief in God intervening in the world through miracles
Belief in God intervening in the world through Jesus
Belief in God intervening in the world through the Holy Spirit
Let’s revise
Topic 2 Religious and spiritual experience
Worship in the church and at home
The use and significance of symbolism in worship
The use of art and music to express beliefs about God
Prayer and meditation
Food and fasting
Let’s revise
Topic 3 The end of life
Christian beliefs about the body and soul
Salvation, redemption and the suffering of Christ
Relationship between God the judge, life on earth and the afterlife
Christian funeral rites, and the ways in which these reflect belief and aim to support the bereaved
Let’s revise
Topic 4 Good and evil
Christian beliefs about good and evil
The problem of evil
Christian approaches to why there is evil and suffering in the world
Christian responses to the problem of evil
Coping with suffering
Sources and reasons for moral behaviour
Let’s revise
Topic 5 Religion, reason and revelation
Revelation through mystical and religious experience
Revelation of God through the world
Revelation of God in the person of Jesus
The authority and importance of the Bible
Let’s revise
Topic 6 Religion and science
Scientific theories about the origins of the world and humanity
Christian teachings about the origins of the world and of humanity
The relationship between scientific and religious understandings of the origins of the world and humanity
The place of humanity in relation to animals
Attitudes to animals and their treatment
Christian ideas about stewardship and their responses to environmental issues
Let’s revise


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