If you enjoy deep thinking and questioning things that most people take for granted about the world, then you’ll probably love philosophy.
Most people would rather die than think. In fact, most people do.
To be able to employ the disciplines of theology and philosophy effectively will not only make you a scholar of religion, but equip you to embark on a wide range of careers.
Why Study Philosophy?
Philosophy of Religion and Ethics
Philosophers have traditionally cut their philosophical teeth on the big questions: Is there a God? Where did we come from and what is the “self”? Does life have any purpose or meaning and is there eternal life? Why is there evil and suffering?
Each of these questions is studied in depth at A level, and in the process you will develop a framework for thought so that you will easily identify and question the working assumptions of any contribution to these debates.
The practical side of philosophy is found in a study of ethics. How ought you to behave, how should you live? This part of the course teaches you to identify the way a worldview impacts upon ethical thinking. Evolution teaches that we are ‘naked apes’, so is the law of the jungle all we have in terms of ethics? That is certainly one way of thinking about ethics, but most thinkers have not thought this conducive to civilised life. So, is ethics in any sense universal or factual? Or are decisions always perspectival, personal and relative?
Christianity and Dialogues
This part of the course examines Christian teaching and issues facing Christianity, like gender and sexuality, the influence of science on religion, the way society is becoming less religious (secularism), and how to co-exist with other Faiths. The course ends with dialogues: how Christianity links and connects with philosophy and ethics.