The course is made up of three sections: the study of the philosophy of religion; the study of ethical theories and issues; and the study of the developments in Christian thought.
In the philosophy of religion unit, students begin by studying the ancient Greek philosophers, before working through many years of philosophical thought in an attempt to answer key questions including ‘what is reality?’; ‘does God exist?’; ‘why would God allow suffering?’ and ‘do humans really have a soul?’. Students look, in-depth, at religious experiences, the use of human language to attempt to describe the divine and what God is like and if he does exist.
In ethics, students study different ethical theories including utilitarianism and Kantian ethics and consider how we know the difference between right and wrong; whether we can say definitely that an action is either right or wrong and debate whether we are influenced by pleasure and/or pain.
Students then apply ethical theories to modern life issues such as business ethics and euthanasia. Students look, in-depth, at ethical language; the nature of the conscience and debates within sexual ethics.
In developments of Christian thought, students study how key Christian beliefs have developed over time, looking at what it means to be human; contrasting views to the afterlife; the person of Jesus and the development of Christian morals. Students then study, in-depth, how Christianity has adapted to a contemporary world, considering Christianity in a multi-faith society; changing views on gender and challenges from secularism and poverty.