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Ethics sample answer from 2018 exam – Religious Studies Tutor Brighton

February 7, 2019

3) Assess the view that natural law is of no help with regard to the issue of euthanasia (40 marks) Aquinas natural law theory is thought of as absolute, in that it knows of no exceptions, however after looking at doctrine of double effect it can be shown that the theory can give inconsistent answers in the case of euthanasia. This inconsistency coupled with the foundation of a God given purpose limits the help that it can be with regards...

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A level grades for religious studies are good, but numbers are down nationally

July 19, 2018

RELIGIOUS education bodies have expressed deep concern over a 20 per cent drop in the number of students taking A-levels in religious studies in the UK. A-level results were published on Thursday. More than 20,000 students took A-level exams in religious studies this year — 2.5 per cent of the total number of students — down from more than 26,000 (3.1 per cent of the total) the previous year. (Numbers overall were down, though certain other subjects showed a growth...

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A school of thought: why British pupils should study philosophy

June 21, 2018

Does culture make us more human? Is desire a mark of imperfection? To prove an injustice, do you need to know what is just? These were some of questions French high-school students faced this week in the philosophy exams that children all over the country are required to sit. When the questions were tweeted by an AFP reporter, a further question was raised: should British children be doing more philosophy, too? There is already a reasonably large movement of philosophy...

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Ban parents from pulling children out of religious education classes, Church of England says

April 27, 2017

Parents should be banned from pulling their children out of religious education classes because they are preventing students from learning about Islam, the Church of England has warned. Derek Holloway, the Church’s lead on religious education (RE) policy, said that those with “fundamentalist” religious beliefs are “exploiting” laws which give them the right to withdraw children from the lessons, in order to stop them from learning about the Muslim faith. He said that parents are using a “dubious interpretation of...

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Philosophy can teach children what Google can’t

April 2, 2017

At the controls of driverless cars, on the end of the telephone when you call your bank or favourite retailer: we all know the robots are coming, and in many cases are already here. Back in 2013, economists at Oxford University’s Martin School estimated that in the next 20 years, more than half of all jobs would be substituted by intelligent technology. Like the prospect of robot-assisted living or hate it, it is foolish to deny that children in school...

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