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

Extension Material: 1. Just War Theory and the Ukraine-Russia Conflict. 2. Noam Chomsky on the morality of war and Ukraine.

Just War Theory and the Ukraine-Russia War Before getting to the philosopher Noam Chomsky’s thoughts about the Ukraine-Russia conflict, it is worth looking at it from the perspective of Just War Theory, as the Edexcel syllabus mentions that contemporary conflicts ‘may be evaluated against this theory.’ The principles that inform Just War Theory have previously …

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Situation Ethics in practice – an overview of the content of Joseph Fletcher’s less well-known book.

This aim of this post is to provide an additional resource for both teachers and students who are studying or revising Situation Ethics and, in particular, the topic of sexual ethics (as four chapters of the above publication are devoted to aspects of it). Additionally, Fletcher discusses the Is-Ought gap, Natural Law, euthanasia, the nature …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Miracles

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 for students of the Edexcel syllabus on Miracles

From the syllabus for the Philosophy of Religion (Paper 1) : 6.3 Religion and science debates and their significance for philosophy of religion   Methodologies with emphasis on observation, hypothesis and experiment, identifying connections and differences vis a vis religious belief and processes; miracles. An accompanying scheme of work for this topic adds the following: …

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Important note for anyone studying, revising or teaching the topic of Religious Experience

Over the past two days I have made substantial changes to the discussion and analysis of the late Michael Persinger’s research in my blog entries on the above topic. This is because I have now found two interviews in which he is non-committal on the issue of whether his research calls into question the claim …

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Extension material for Paper 4B: QAnon and Christianity

This post relates to topic 4.2 Secularisation, in particular “The rise of New Religious Movements and definitions of ‘spiritual’ and ‘religious’“, and “Disillusionment with some aspects of traditional religion compared to hard line atheism.” It is also of relevance to topic 4.3 New Movements in Theology, specifically “The global development of Evangelicalism, and of the …

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Extension Material for Paper 1 Anthology Extract 1: J.L. Mackie ‘Evil and Omnipotence’ – a brief note on Boethius.

At the very end of his article, Mackie asserts that, ‘The paradox of omnipotence can be avoided by putting God outside time, but the free will solution of the problem of evil cannot be saved in this way,‘ Is he correct? One Christian philosopher who might have disagree is Boethius (c.480 – 524 AD). Boethius …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 1 Extract 1: J.L. Mackie ‘Evil and Omnipotence’ (1977)

Taken from: The Philosophy of Religion, edited by B Mitchell (Oxford, OUP, 1977),Chapter V, Evil and Omnipotence, pp. 92–104. NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are the FIRST and LAST couple of sentences of the section that is commented on followed by the commentary itself …

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PHILRSBLOG GOES TO THE MOVIES : Pleasantville, the Irenaean Theodicy, JL Mackie, and Buddhism

Pleasantville is a movie which looks at evil and suffering from an Irenaean point of view. Irenaeus thought that the evil things that happen to us are not a punishment from God, as Augustine believed, but should be seen as challenges that are meant to shape and improve our personality. This blog entry will re-examine …

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Revision test for the Edexcel syllabus on Religion and Morality

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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