Martin

I am a former Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy with over 25 years teaching experience in the independent sector. In the past I have taught OCR and AQA Religious Studies A level syllabuses and aspects of the International Baccalaureate Philosophy programme. Latterly, I taught the new, Post-2016 Edexcel A Level and AQA GCSE courses. I have a particular interest in Ethics, Buddhism and Islam. I am also a published author in the field of Philosophy and have contributed chapters to two recent Open Court publications. Additionally, I have links with the editors of Philosophy Now magazine and have presented and facilitated workshops at their bi-annual festivals held at the Conway Hall in Holborn, London

Revision Test for the Edexcel syllabus on Equality

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR EQUALITY THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON THEY SHOULD BE ATTEMPTED AFTER …

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Course notes for students of the Edexcel syllabus on Equality

From the Paper 2 syllabus on Religion and Ethics: 1.2 Equality a)  Ethical and religious concepts of equality, including the issues of gender or race or disability and the work of one significant figure in campaigns for equality in the chosen area, significant events in the progress of equality in these areas, perspectives on equality …

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BOOK REVIEW/SURVEY ARTICLE : Bruce Greyson – After: A Doctor Explores What Near-Death Experiences Reveal About Life and Beyond.

NOTE: This publication has relevance for two Paper 1 Philosophy of Religion topics, namely, the discussion of near death experiences and the role of evidence in connection with Life and Death/the Soul, and the nature and veridicality of mystical experiences in relation to Religious Experience. SPOILER ALERT: Greyson’s book is an enjoyable and compelling ‘page-turner’. …

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Extension Material for Paper 2 Medical Ethics – Beginning of Life Issues : Is it Better Never to Have Been Born?

‘ I’d consider myself a realist, alright? But in philosophical terms I’m what’s called a pessimist… I think human consciousness is a tragic misstep in evolution. We became too self-aware. Nature created an aspect of nature separate from itself – we are creatures that should not exist by natural law… We are things that labour under …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Medical Ethics – End of Life Issues

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE, HERE and HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Medical Ethics – Beginning of Life Issues

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE, HERE and HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON …

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Course notes for students of the Edexcel syllabus on Medical Ethics Part 2: end of life issues

From the Paper 2 syllabus for Religion and Ethics: 6.1 Issues in medical ethics with a focus on beginning and end of life debates (4) b) Assisted dying, euthanasia, palliative care. Religious and secular contributions to all these issues, legal position, concepts of rights and responsibilities, personhood and human nature, options and choices. With reference …

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Course notes for students of the Edexcel syllabus on Medical Ethics Part 1: beginning of life issues

From the Paper 2 syllabus for Religion and Ethics: 6.1 Issues in medical ethics with a focus on beginning and end of life debates (4) a) The status of the embryo, concepts of sanctity and value of life from religious and secular perspectives, embryo research, pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD), stem cells and cord blood, fertilisation …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Religious Language

THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THE ABOVE TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE. THIS TEST (AND MANY OF THE OTHERS ON THIS SITE) MAY ALSO BE OF USE TO STUDENTS FOLLOWING OTHER ADVANCED LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES COURSES. BEAR IN MIND THAT THESE TESTS ARE MEANT TO BE DIFFICULT. FOR THIS REASON THEY SHOULD BE …

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Course notes on Religious Language for students of the Edexcel syllabus

From the Paper 1 syllabus: 4.1 Analogy and Symbol Analogy: via negativa, knowledge about God may be gained by what God is not like, univocal language and problems of anthropomorphism, equivocal language and problems of attribution, significance of proportional similarities and dissimilarities.   With reference to the ideas of Aquinas.   b)  Symbol: types of …

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