Sunday, 24 November 2013

Notes for RE-Vision

Notes for RE-Vision, a learning log/summary of key notes of the current Unit Revelation are available here.

Topics for Mock exams are: Existence of God & Revelation. 

Date: December 2013 (TBC).

Check progress of your study using "check point" available here.
You can also practice past paper questions here, click on the year: (2010), (2011) and (2012)

Extra info: only for those wishing an advanced level

Reflections upon to the terms "religious" and "experience"

The meaning of the word "religious" is changing. It is not simply based on theism any more. The growth interest in "New Age" (the alternative spiritual subculture interest in such things as meditation, reincarnation, crystals and psychic experience) and "Paganism" (a term covering all earth centred religions; natural religion rather than revealed religion) are two diverse element among the many that now feature in the early 21st century ideas. 

The meaning of "experience" is also problematic if it refers to "directly perceive". In this case the experience is subjective and private, an inner process that others cannot see. Therefore, there is no way of either verifying or falsifying it. There is also a difficulty in understanding the religious experience since it is private to the person experiencing it and often ineffable (defies expression; cannot be expressed in words).

Religious Experience, definitions:

(a) An experience that has religious insight. Usually, the unseen dimensions of existence and God, or Ultimate Reality, is the object of the experience.
(b) religious experience involves some kind of perception of the invisible world, or involves a perception that some person or thing is a manifestation of the invisible world. 
(c) An experience of an event in which one is conscious or aware of some supernatural being/God, or a being related to God, for example, the Virgin Mary, or some indescribable Ultimate Reality.
Hence religious experiences can be theistic (where God is the source and content of the experience) or monistic (where inner being/consciousness is experienced) as monism in the view that all reality is a unity or single substance.

General classification of religious experiences: 

1) Interpretative - e.g answer to a prayer
2) Quasi-sensory - e.g a vision
3) Revelatory - e.g an enlightening experience
4) Regenerative - e.g a conversion5) Numinous - e.g experience of God's holiness
6) Mystical - e.g experiencing of apprehending Ultimate Reality

You read more about: religious experience, excellent blog.

Monday, 18 November 2013

Religious experience or a trick of the mind (apophenia)?

"From seeing shapes in clouds to hearing Bing Crosby in a blizzard of static, we're all prone to finding things that aren't there. And there's a name for it: apophenia" Read the whole article thanks to the newspaper The Guardian here.
This photo shows a woman holding a 10-year-old grilled cheese sandwich that she says bears the image of the Virgin Mary.
Photograph: Joe Rimkus Jr/AP

Monday, 21 October 2013

Saturday, 5 October 2013

Thursday, 26 September 2013

Design (Teleological) Argument: Fractals

Is there a God? Is possible to prove the existence of God through the Mathematical rules, Geometric patterns like, for example, "fractals"? In order to help you to answer this question, watch this programme about Chaos and  Fractals.
(Picture is "God the Geometer" from Austrian National Library)

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Monday, 16 September 2013

Stephen Hawkings "God did not create the Universe".

Watch more about this interview with the Professor Hawkings here

Arguments for the Existence of God.

After we studied the "Cosmological Argument also called First Cause Argument" we are now looking at the second argument for the "Existence of God", the "Design Argument also called Teleological Argument".
Learn about this fascinating topic with this excellent presentation here made by a top student, Touhidul Alam.
In order to increase your knowledge and undertstanding about this topic you also must read the latest number of RS Review, available in Library, speak to Mrs Coxon or Mrs Rudolph.
Twilight sessions (revision) on Wednesday from 16:00 to 17:00

Monday, 22 April 2013

Twilight bites Y11: Revision notes

Twilight bites Y11: Revision notes: To help in your revision, please read past paper questions, key materials (2012 is not available) AND key notes (Learning log) and key wo...

Monday, 15 April 2013

Past Paper and Mark scheme

Please check past paper questions and mark scheme of RE GCSE (Unit 4 - "Religious Philosophy and Ultimate Questions" ) here : 2012, 2011 and 2010

Tuesday, 5 February 2013

Revision: The Problems of Evil and Suffering

Questions to be answered: all about evil and suffering

•  The Problem of Evil – a definition;
What is evil? – examples and definition;
What is its nature? – impersonal force, a personal being, or psychological phenomena?;
Where does evil originate?;
What questions does evil raise about God’s love, power and purpose?;how do religious believers resolve the problem of evil in terms of their beliefs, for example in terms of believing in an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God?;
How do/should believers respond in the face of evil?
The Problem of Suffering – a definition;
What are the forms of suffering?;
Is suffering natural or man-made?;
In what ways is suffering unjust?;
Has suffering any purpose?;
What questions does suffering raise about God’s love, power and purpose?;
The concept of karma as an explanation for evil in the world;
How do religious believers resolve the problem of suffering in terms of their beliefs, for example in terms of karma or believing in an all-loving, all-powerful, all-knowing God?;
How do/should believers respond in the face of suffering?

Monday, 28 January 2013

Beyond Good and Evil

Our ideas of good and evil are subject of many Philosophers' scrutiny but perhaps no one did it so radically as Nietzsche. Nietzsche wrote many groundbreaking works in Philosophy but Beyond Good and Evil is the most controversial and influential, a must read. If you have interest in Philosophy there is a nice summary of the book here and a good article from Philosophy Now about Nietzsche here, I hope you enjoy it!

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Free will and the brain

Pod cast about "Free will and the brain", listen here, thanks to Philosophy Now. Suitable for those interested in A level Philosophy.

Monday, 14 January 2013

Problems of Evil & Suffering: ICT work and H/W

Please read worksheet  about the Problems of Evil and Suffering here. The aims are to understand what suffering is and the religious responses to it. Thanks to Daniel Williams for his work, let's share good practice, have a look into what he did here. I would include the other explanations for suffering as: a way to teach as lessons and it can be beyond our understanding.
Please is better use "most Christians" than Christians.