Possible Exam Questions

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a) AO1 – Knowledge and Understanding
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Explain in detail
Use technical terms (and explain them)
Include quotations
Link back to the question
Make sure your answer doesn’t sound like a
list
• Vary the beginnings of your paragraphs
• DO NOT ARGUE IN THE A QUESTION.
•Explain the Argument from Design as put forward by
Aquinas.
•Explain the Design Argument as put forward by Paley.
•Explain how David Hume / Philosophy criticises the
Design Argument.
•Explain how science / Dawkins criticises the Argument
from Design.
• Explain Swinburne’s version of the Design Argument.
•Explain how the Design Argument attempts to prove the
existence of God.
•Explain the key features of the Argument from Design.
b) AO2 - Evaluation
• State your point of view in your introduction. E.g.
The Design Argument cannot stand up against the
criticisms of science ...
• Include both sides of the argument.
• Include critical analysis.
E.g. Paley makes a strong argument here because
.....
E.g. The Design Argument cannot stand up
against this criticism because ........
• Make your point of view clear throughout your
essay and in your conclusion
• Include 3 – 4 well argued points.
•“Science has caused the Design Argument to fail.” How
far do you agree with this statement?
•Assess the view that the criticisms from Philosophy mean
that the Design Argument is no longer valid.
•“Richard Swinburne has successfully protected the Design
Argument from the criticisms of science.” How far do you
agree with this statement?
•Assess the view that Richard Swinburne has successfully
defended the Design Argument from the criticisms of
Philosophy.
•Assess the view that the Design Argument makes it
reasonable to believe in God.
a) Religion on the origin of the universe, the origin of
life and the relationship between God and the created
world
• Explain religious beliefs about the creation of
the world.
• Explain religious beliefs about the origin of
human beings
• Explain religious beliefs about the relationship
between God and the created world.
a) Science on the origin and end of the
universe and the origin of life.
• Explain scientific ideas about the origin and
end of the universe.
• Explain scientific ideas about the origin of life.
a) Science and religion
• Explain one religious and one scientific view on the
origin of the universe
• Explain one religious and one scientific view on the
origin of life.
• Explain how scientific views challenge religious views
on the origin of the universe
• Explain how scientific views challenge religious views
on the origin of life.
• Explain how religion answers the challenges posed
by science relating to the origin of the universe /
origin of life.
b) conflicting, complimentary or irrelevant?
• “Science and religion are in conflict on the issue of
the origin of life.” How far do you agree with this
question?
• Assess the view that religious and scientific views on
the origin of the universe are incompatible.
• “Religious and scientific views on the origin of the
universe and of life are complimentary.” How far do
you agree with this question?
• Assess the view that religious and scientific ideas on
the origin of life are irrelevant to each other.
b) Other questions
• “Intelligent design is a scientific ideas.” How far do
you agree with this question?
• Assess the view that God is simply an answer to
unanswered questions and an explanation for the
unexplained.
• “The religious responses to the challenge of science
on the origin of life is weak.” How far do you agree
with this question?

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