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Christian Thought OCR Study Guide H573/3

The OCR Christian Thought Study Guide is designed to help GCE A level students ask the right questions by unpacking key issues and linkages according to structures of thought, and by doing the exercises, to build essay-writing skills step by step.

The major themes of human nature, the nature of evil, revelation, gender, secularism and liberation theology are unpacked carefully paying particular attention to the world-views from which ideas emanate, and then elucidated with continuous reference back to the specification. Links are made to other papers in order to develop a sense of one holistic specification. The specification is interpreted with clarity in order to go deeper where necessary to give the best chance of an A grade. Much more than a textbook, this guide is an exploration of critical issues surrounding Christianity and its influence on today’s culture.

An essential book for those who wish to be liberated to think philosophically, with rigour and flexibility.


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Format: Softcover Book
Size: 8.5″ x 11″ (21.59 x 27.94 cm)
Paper: Black & White on White paper
Pages: 132
ISBN-13: 9781717833976

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Full Contents Breakdown

Table of Contents
  • Introduction
  • Some Uniting Questions
  • An Underlying Integrating Principle – Hermeneutics
  • Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature
  • Augustine’s Teaching on Human Nature
  • Original Sin and its Effects on the Will and Human Societies
  • Lack of Stability and Corruption in all Human Societies
  • Criticisms of Augustine
  • God’s Grace
  • Four Challenges to Augustine
  • Death and the Afterlife
  • Christian teaching on Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory
  • The ‘Kingdom’ and its Problems
  • Hell
  • Purgatory
  • Election
  • Single and Double Predestination
  • Interpreting Matthew 25 (Sheep & Goats)
  • Calvin, Predestination and Matthew 25
Contents continued
  • Knowledge of God’s Existence
  • Natural Knowledge of God’s Existence – Innate Human Sense
  • New Natural Theology of Alister McGrath
  • Revealed Knowledge of God’s Existence – Faith & Grace
  • Revealed Knowledge of God’s Existence – in Jesus Christ
  • The Person of Jesus Christ
  • Jesus Christ’s Authority as the Son of God
  • Jesus Christ’s Authority as a Teacher of Wisdom
  • Jesus Christ’s Authority as a Liberator
  • Christian Moral Principles
  • Christian Moral Principles in the Bible
  • Bible, Church, and Reason
  • Ethical Heteronomy (Law made by Others)
  • Autonomous Morality
  • Christian Moral Action
  • The Teaching and Example of Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • How did Bonhoeffer show Civil Disobedience?
Contents continued
  • Bonhoeffer’s Role in the Confessing Church
  • Bonhoeffer’s Religious Community at Finkenwalde
  • Ethics as Action: Dietrich Bonhoeffer – Cost of Discipleship
  • Pluralism – Theology
  • Religious Pluralism
  • Naïve Realism
  • Hick’s Universal Pluralism
  • Naive Realism – Absolutism
  • Is Redemptoris Missio Exclusivist or Inclusivist?
  • Evaluation of Redemptoris Missio
  • What is the Scripture and Reason Movement?
  • Is Rahner’s Anonymous Christian View the same as Hick’s?
  • Gender and Theology (Society)
  • Sources of Patriarchy
  • Hermeneutics of Ephesians 5:22-33
  • Hermeneutic of Suspicion
  • God/ess Theology
  • Can a Male Saviour Save?
  • Mary Daly – Radical Feminist (Leave the Church)
Contents continued
  • Secularism – Charles Taylor
  • Charles Taylor – A Secular Age
  • Implications of Secularism
  • Procedural Secularism
  • Programmatic Secularism
  • Evaluation of Dawkins
  • Sigmund Freud – Future of an Illusion
  • Should Christianity Play no Part in Public Life?
  • Essay-writing Sample
  • Liberation Theology and Marx (Challenges)
  • Objectification in Hegel
  • Marx’s Teaching on Alienation and Exploitation
  • Liberation Theology’s use of Marx to Analyse Social Sin
  • A Preferential Option for the Poor

Christian Thought OCR Study Guide H573 / 3

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