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Matthew Taylor , Jon Mayled
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Book Description

22 Dec 2008 0415468248 978-0415468244 2

OCR Philosophy of Religion for AS and A2 is a textbook for students of Advanced Subsidiary or Advanced Level courses, endorsed by OCR for use with the OCR GCE Religious Studies specification. The book covers all the topics of the Philosophy of Religion component of the A Level specification in an enjoyable and student-friendly fashion. This second edition has been restructured for the revised specification and now includes new chapters on the 'Nature of God' and 'Religion and Science'.

Each chapter includes:

  • a list of key issues, to introduce students to the topic
  • OCR specification checklist, to allow students to see which topics from the specification are covered in each chapter
  • explanations of key terminology
  • discussion questions, thought points and activities
  • exam-style practice questions
  • self-test review questions
  • helpful summaries
  • annotated further reading suggestions.

To maximize students' chances of exam success, the book includes a chapter dedicated to answering examination questions. The book comes complete with lively illustrations, a comprehensive glossary, a full bibliography and a companion website at www.routledge.com/textbooks/9780415468244.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge; 2 edition (22 Dec 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0415468248
  • ISBN-13: 978-0415468244
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 18.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,804 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Praise for the first edition:

"This is an excellent book with appropriate and comprehensive material for the specification. It has a clear layout which makes it 'pupil friendly'. I shall certainly use it with my AS and A2 students." – Geraldine Crouch, Head of Religious Studies, St. Lawrence College, Ramsgate, Kent

About the Author

Matthew Taylor is Head of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Colchester County High School for Girls. He was previously Head of Religious Studies and Philosophy at St Gregory the Great Roman Catholic V. A. School in Oxford.

Jon Mayled is author and editor of many popular books for the GCE and GCSE specifications.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best textbooks 2 Aug 2010
As a student, I wade through many textbooks of all shapes and sizes, and I have to say that this is by far my favourite. It introduces all the main topics in detail, which whilst not covering everything in as much details at it could have done (although this would mean an absolutely massive book because of the sheer volume of philosophy), does so in a succinct and clear manner. At the end of each chapter there is a summery of what you need to know as a basic guideline, which helps you extract the key points from each topic. This is actually very useful if you struggle with some areas (Aquinas' third way for me!) Another great thing about this textbook is the margins, which are filled in with short definitions, biographies and the like. There is also a timeline at the beginning for the philosophers mentioned in the book.

If you are studying philosophy at A level, or intend to teach the OCR specification, then this book (and its ethical equivalent) will stand you in good stead.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent resource 13 Jun 2011
This year I have taken the whole Religious Studies A-Level as a private candidate, just studying on my own. I can honestly say this book was a lifesaver. Although it doesn't always focus on the specification and it can be a bit wordy, in terms of content it's comprehensive and useful. However, for those not already versed in philosophical enquiry, I would recommend the Ahluwalia textbook as more accessible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars curate's egg - good in parts 6 Dec 2010
Reflecting the author's expertise, some parts of this are very good, some are repetitive and imprecise. The section on the Judaeo-Christian concept of God is very wordy and lacking substance. The section on the moral argument drove us back to a previous ocr text book - but the way it sets out the course requirements and the help with exam essay structure is most useful.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Students like it but it's inaccurate 3 Aug 2009
This book is set out in a way that is attractive to students, with interesting thought points and helpful exam tips. The information contained within it is at best sketchy, at worst totally inaccurate. As a graduate in Philosophy of Religion and checking my thoughts against further reading, I found several important mistakes. Simplification can take place without losing the truth of a view set out by a philosopher, but this has not been achieved in this book. However, it is OCR endorsed and therefore if students regurgitate it they will attain good marks.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Would recommend for any A Level students 23 Jun 2014
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This book helped me through my philosophy A Level, it really does have everything you need to know so I'd recommend it to anyone doing the philosophy/philosophy and ethics course. Its ethics counterpart is equally helpful.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ruined 13 April 2014
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Covered in highlighter pen throughout. Very disappointing. Unlikely to order second hand again. 0 0 00 0 0 0 0
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5.0 out of 5 stars School book 7 Jan 2013
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I bought this book as requested by my daughters 6th form school. I have not had anything else to do with the book. My daughter is pleased with it though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fab item*Speedy delivery* 23 Oct 2012
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The school advised us to get this book from our local bookshop as my daughter needed it for her homework. I decided to go for the cheaper option and she still got her homework in on time :)
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