Past Questions: Paper 3

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Philosophy
Examine some of the key principles of the argument for the existence of God based
on religious experience (18)
Justify the view that, in spite of criticisms, this is a trustworthy argument for the
existence of God (12)
Examine the ways in which the ontological argument attempts to prove to the atheist
that God exists (18)
'The weaknesses of the ontological argument give support to atheism.' Discuss this
claim (12)
Analyse the key philosophical features of two beliefs in life after death (18)
'There are significant philosophical problems with believing in life after death.'
Discuss this claim (12)
Compare and contrast two types of religious language (18)
Discuss the view that religious language is indispensable for an understanding of
religious belief (12)
Examine the strengths and weaknesses of the argument for the existence of God
based on religious experience (18)
'The argument merely indicates the probability of God and this is of little value to a
religious believer.' Discuss (12)
Analyse the distinctive features of the ontological argument for the existence of God
(18)
Discuss the view that the ontological argument is obviously incorrect as an argument
(12)
Compare and contrast two types of belief about life after death (18)
To what extent do these types of belief add credibility to belief in life after death?
(12)
Examine the contributions that two of the following may make to a study of religious
language: (18)
Analogy
Myth and symbol
Language games
Discuss the view that religious language is devoid of meaning (12)

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Ethics
Examine the key ideas of one critique of the link between religion and morality (18)
To what extent does this critique effectively undermine the link between religion and
morality? (12)
Analyse the important features of either Deontology or Natural Moral Law (18)
To what extent is the selected theory persuasive? (12)
Analyse the contribution made by emotivism to debates about ethical language (18)
To what extent do the problems of ethical language remain unsolved? (12)
Analyse the important features of either Deontology or Virtue…read more

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