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Religious Studies

WJEC/Eduqas RS for Yr 2/A2 - Philosophy of Religion

Author(s): Peter Cole, Karl Lawson

awarding body: WJEC/Eduqas

level: A2 & Year 2

isbn: 978-1-911208-65-5

subject: Religious Studies

Pages: 175pp



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Written by experienced examiners and authors, this new textbook provides comprehensive coverage of all the skills and knowledge required for the Philosophy of Religion topic in the WJEC A2 specification or for A Level Year 2 of the Eduqas A Level specification.

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Philosophy of Religion

Theme 2: Challenges to religious belief – Religious belief as a product of the human mind

D: Religious belief as a product of the human mind: Sigmund Freud

E: Religious belief as a product of the human mind: Carl Jung

F: Issues relating to rejection of religion: Atheism

Theme 3: Religious experience

D: The influence of religious experience on religious practice and faith

E: Different definitions of miracles

F: Contrasting views on the possibility of miracles: David Hume and Richard Swinburne

Theme 4: Religious language

A: Inherent problems of religious language

B: Religious language as cognitive, but meaningless

C: Religious language as non-cognitive and analogical

Theme 4: Religious language

D: Religious language as non-cognitive and symbolic

E: Religious language as non-cognitive and mythical

F: Religious language as a language game

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About the authors:

Peter Cole was head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at Worthing College. He is very experienced as an A Level examiner, senior examiner and reviser, having worked for over 30 years for three major awarding bodies. Peter has written numerous key books for A Level Religious Studies in the area of Philosophy of Religion and New Testament studies and is a popular, bestselling author.

Karl Lawson is an experienced teacher of Religious Studies, having taught for over twenty five years in schools in both England and Wales. He is an experienced examiner with over twenty years of experience at GCSE and A Level and is a senior examiner for a leading awarding body.


*The contents listed correspond to the Eduqas Full A Level Specification which matches equivalent WJEC A2 Specification as follows:

Philosophy of Religion

Eduqas Theme 2: D,E,F = WJEC Theme 1: A,B,C

Eduqas Theme 3: D,E,F = WJEC Theme 2: A,B,C

Eduqas Theme 4: A,B,C = WJEC Theme 3: A,B,C

Eduqas Theme 4: D,E,F = WJEC Theme 4: A,B,C