Secularization

Course notes on postmodern interpretations of religion for students of the Edexcel syllabus

From the syllabus for the Philosophy of Religion (Paper 1): 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. c) Key terms, types of atheism and agnosticism. With reference to the ideas of …

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Edexcel course notes: extension material on Rudolf Otto’s discussion of numinous religious experience/secularization.

From the Edexcel syllabus: 2.1 The nature of religious experience   a) Context of religious experience across religious traditions, range of definitions related to belief in God and/or ultimate reality, theistic and monistic views, ineffability, noetic, transience, passivity.   b) Types: conversion, prayer, meditation, mysticism, numinous. Relationship between religious experience and propositional and non-propositional revelation. …

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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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Secularization Part 2 : The debate/Christianity and Secularization

What your Christianity syllabus says… 4.2 Secularisation (2) Religion in today’s society, declining numbers, the role of the Church in formal worship and in modern life and the strengths, weaknesses and impact of the teachings of popular atheists. The rise of New Religious Movements and definitions of ‘spiritual’ and ‘religious’. Disillusionment with some aspects of …

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Secularization Part 1: The New Atheism

Possible examination question: Explore the arguments of modern atheists, including Richard Dawkins and evaluate the impact of these views and the responses to them. These notes can be used for section 4.2 of your Christianity syllabus (on secularization) and 5.1(b) of your Philosophy syllabus (alternative explanations for religious beliefs). Introduction The term ‘secularization’ refers to …

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