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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 The New Atheism (of Richard Dawkins, Christopher Hitchens and others)/Alister McGrath’s response to Dawkins, and Secularization.

NOTE : THESE QUESTIONS ARE BASED ON THE COURSE NOTES FOR THIS TOPIC THAT CAN BE FOUND HERE, HERE, HERE AND HERE. UNUSUALLY, THIS PARTICULAR TEST WILL ALSO INTRODUCE QUITE A LOT OF NEW INFORMATION THAT IT MAY BE USEFUL TO REFER TO IN AN EXAMINATION ANSWER, ESPECIALLY WITH RESPECT TO THE 30 MARK ‘EVALUATE’ QUESTIONS …

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Exemplar answer for Edexcel Paper 1 (Philosophy of Religion)

From the Paper 1 syllabus: 5.1 Context to critiques of religious belief and points for discussion   a) Respective strengths and weaknesses of religious beliefs. b) Alternative explanations, issues of probability and postmodern interpretations of religion. NOTE 1: the following answer does NOT include discussions of probability or postmodern interpretations of religion. NOTE 2 : …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 1: Ethics in a Permissive Society, by William Barclay (Collins 1971) Chapter 4, Situation Ethics, pp.69–91.

NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are brief quotations from the extract followed by comments on them The full extract can be found HERE. See also HERE and HERE for course notes on Situation Ethics. This is another example of a curious and questionable choice of …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 4 – Medical Ethics

Taken from: Issues of Life and Death by Michael Wilcockson (Hodder, 1999), Chapter 4, Euthanasia and Doctors’ Ethics, pp.56–69. 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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Course notes for Edexcel students on Moral Luck/Thomas Nagel

From the Edexcel syllabus for Paper 2: A comparison of the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle with regard to Deontology and Virtue Ethics respectively. Kantian deontology – social, political and cultural influences on Kant’s ethical theory, duty-based ethics, the categorical imperative in its different formulations, prima facie duties, and contemporary applications of rule and …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 3: Aristotle, The Nicomachean Ethics, Book II, (350 BCE)

NOTE: This commentary (combined with the one on Kant) also covers the following aspect of the Edexcel syllabus: A comparison of the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle with regard to Deontology and Virtue Ethics respectively. NOTE: Copyright issues may come into play at this point. So what you will find below are the FIRST …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Paper 2 Extract 2: Immanuel Kant, Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785).

Taken from: Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals, translated by Allen W Wood (Yale University Press edition, 2002), Text, second section, pp 29–47. NOTE: This commentary (combined with the one on Aristotle) also covers the following aspect of the Edexcel syllabus: A comparison of the work of Immanuel Kant and Aristotle with regard to Deontology …

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Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Extract 2: Alister McGrath, ‘Deluded about God? (2007) Taken from: The Dawkins Delusion by A. McGrath (London: SPCK, 2007), Chapter 1, Deluded About God? pp.1-13.

NOTE 1: THIS ANTHOLOGY EXTRACT RELATES TO YOUR 4B CHRISTIANITY PAPER. THIS MEANS THAT YOU COULD BE ASKED TO COMMENT ON A SECTION FROM IT IN YOUR CHRISTIANITY EXAMINATION. HOWEVER, THE CONTENT ALSO RELATES TO SECTION 5.1 OF YOUR PHILOSOPHY OF RELIGION SYLLABUS (‘CRITIQUES OF RELIGIOUS BELIEF’), ESPECIALLY THE DISCUSSION ABOUT ‘THE EXTREME IMPROBABILITY OF …

Anthology Extract Commentary : Edexcel Extract 2: Alister McGrath, ‘Deluded about God? (2007) Taken from: The Dawkins Delusion by A. McGrath (London: SPCK, 2007), Chapter 1, Deluded About God? pp.1-13. Read More »