Past paper question EDEXCEL

Past questions for Design, Evil and suffering, war and peace

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Design
June 2011:
1 (a) (i) Examine the ways in which the design argument provides evidence for the existence of God.
(21)
(ii) Comment on the view that the weaknesses of the design argument show that the universe can
be explained without reference to God. (9)
Jan 2011:
1 (a) (i) Examine the weaknesses of the design argument. (21)
(ii) Why do some philosophers persist in believing in the strengths of the design argument? (9)
June 2010:
1 (a) (i) Give an account of the fundamental ideas of the design argument for the existence of God.
(21)
(ii) Comment on the view that the strengths of these ideas make this a convincing argument. (9)
Jan 2010:
1 (a) (i) Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the design argument for the existence of God.
(21)
(ii) Comment on the view that this argument is inconclusive as a proof for the existence of God. (9)
June 2009:
1. (a) (i) Examine the main strengths and weaknesses of the design argument for the existence of
God. (21)
(ii) `The design argument shows the existence of God is probable.' Comment on this view. (9)
Jan 2009:
1 (a) (i) Examine the key ideas and strengths of the design argument for the existence of God. (21)

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Comment on the view that the strengths and weaknesses are equally balanced. (9)
Problem of Evil and Suffering
June 2011:
2 (a) (i) Examine and show the strengths of two solutions to the problem of suffering. (21)
(ii) Comment on the view that these proposed solutions are failures. (9)
Jan 2011:
2 (a) (i) `Either God cannot abolish evil, or he will not; if he cannot, then he is not all-powerful; if he
will not, then he is not all-good.'
Examine this claim.…read more

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What are the key features of the problem of suffering? Examine the essential ideas of two
solutions. (21)
(ii) `The problem of suffering is a mystery and cannot be solved.' Comment on this claim. (9)
War and Peace
June 2011:
4 (a) (i) Outline the key ideas associated with pacifism. (21)
(ii) To what extent is pacifism a difficult position to hold? (9)
Jan 2011:
4 (a) (i) Outline the view that wars may sometimes be justified.…read more

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To what extent is it reasonable to claim that there are never good reasons to go to war? (9)…read more

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