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Conscience

Conscience and Aquinas
· Aquinas believed conscience is the power of
reason, a device or faculty for distinguishing
right from wrong actions rather than an inner
knowledge of right and wrong.
· People basically tend towards good and away
from evil. Conscience is `reason making right
decisions'. (Summa Theologica,…

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A2 LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVISION NOTES 1
· The psychological account of conscience can undermine both Aquinas and Butler.


Newman and Piaget
· Cardinal Newman wrote: `Conscience is a law of the mind.. .a
messenger of him, who, both in nature and in grace, speaks to us
behind a veil,…

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A2 LEVEL RELIGIOUS STUDIES REVISION NOTES 2


Tips for A2 exam questions
To what extent is conscience a reliable guide in sexual ethics?
You should choose a particular topic from sexual ethics, such as homosexuality, to
discuss.
The tension between trusting conscience to act with integrity against the
difficulty of…

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