It’s that time of year again. Let’s see whether we can take a look at the previous questions and take an educated guess about what might come up. The truth is that this has become harder and harder to do. A few years ago there were a few topics that hadn’t come up. Now everything has pretty much come up in previous years. Still, I’ll have a go at predictions. Just remember the usual disclaimer: I am not psychic and I don’t know the future. These are *guesses*! Anything could come up! Please revise all areas, you just may want to have a little look in more depth at these topics. OK, that said here goes:
Religious Experience: ‘Voices are not proof of God but evidence of psychological neurosis.’ Discuss (35) (Click link for essay)
Miracles: ‘Hume’s understanding of miracles is flawed’. Discuss. (35) (Click link for essay)
Attributes of God: ‘God’s foreknowledge is incompatible with human free will.’ Discuss. (35)
Life after Death: ‘Resurrection is more coherent than reincarnation’. Discuss. (35)
Religious Language: To what extent does analysis of the uses and purpose of religious language overcome the criticisms of the logical positivists? (35)
Free Will and Determinism: Critically evaluate theological determinism. (35)
Conscience: How convincing are Newman’s claims that conscience is the voice of God? (35)
Virtue Ethics: ‘Virtue Ethics is the best approach to environmental issues.’ Discuss (35)
Sexual Ethics: Assess the usefulness of religious ethics as an approach to the issues surrounding contraception. (35)
So why have I predicted these ones? Well, in philosophy, the only topics that have never come up as far as I can see are voices in religious experience, Hume’s definition of miracles (different from his criticisms of miracles, which has come up), and the uses and purpose of religious language. Then the other two from life after death and attributes have not come up for a while.
With ethics it was a case of choosing between quite a few options – as far as I can see, no-one apart from Butler has been specified in a question, so there could be a question on any of the other conscience scholars. Also never seen a specific question on predestination which seems odd? The two applied topics have never come up in that combination.
There you go – hope that helps with revision! Now to do ‘predictions’ for AS – a bit pointless really as it is the first year, so literally anything could come up! That hasn’t stopped other people from having a go at it though!
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