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Philosophy of Religion for A2 Level [Paperback]

Michael B. Wilkinson , Hugh N. Campbell
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7 May 2009 0826422713 978-0826422712
This comprehensive and easy to use textbook is endorsed by OCR for use with the Philosophy of Religion unit of the OCR A2 Religious Studies specification. * Co-authored by experienced examiners * Stretch and Challenge" material for advanced students * Timeline of philosophers * Appendices on revision notes and essay writing * Each chapter includes essential new vocabulary with definitions extracts from primary texts examination tips discussion topics and practice exam questions suggestions for further reading Key concepts are developed beyond the successful Philosophy of Religion for AS Level textbook (Continuum, 2009). Issues in religious language, including verification and falsification, analogy, language games, myth, symbol, as well as controversial areas such as anti-realism and non-realism, are explored. Notions of body and soul, afterlife theories, scripture, miracles and religious experience are fully treated. Detailed guidance on topics new to the specifications, such as Boethius and the divine attributes, is provided. Primary texts are continually used to avoid common misunderstandings. A special feature of this book is substantial "Stretch and Challenge" material throughout which allows students to develop further.

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  • Paperback: 174 pages
  • Publisher: Continuum (7 May 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0826422713
  • ISBN-13: 978-0826422712
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 24.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 314,310 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The book is a testament to the authors' enthusiasm both for Philosophy in general and for the Philosophy of Religion in particular. The task of introducing philosophical methods and concepts with clarity and coherence is not easy, and the authors embrace it enthusiastically. Their delight in their subject is manifest... and the fruits of their experience are apparent in the text." Paul Fitzpatrick, Open House, August/September 2009.

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Michael B. Wilkinson lectures at Sussex Downs college and has over 30 years experience of teaching philosophical topics at university, seminary and college level. He is a senior examiner for a major awarding body and a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Brighton, UK. Hugh N. Campbell is a principal examiner for a major awarding body and has been teaching philosophy of religion for 20 years.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars On Reading the Original Texts 13 Aug 2012
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You may ignore the star rating but Murasaki's comments deserve a reply. I would say firstly that Murasaki does not engage with my arguments as given in the text for the views I hold, and misleadingly gives the impression that the entire book is about those issues.

In response to all points, my account of the views of authors is based entirely on their own statements. It has been my experience that authors' own statements are pretty good prima facie evidence of what they believe.

I think part of Murasaki's problem is to assume that if someone is not easily placed in this category, then he must be in some opposite one, which is a bit like saying that if someone is not a Rangers supporter then he must support Celtic - there are other options.

1. On the Falsification debate, Murasaki is guilty of selective quotation. I invite a second look at the grammar of the Falsification debate. Nowhere does Flew assert that believers do not permit their beliefs to be falsified: he says that it often seems to people who are not religious as if there were no occurrence that would count as a disproof of the existence of God. Note the 'often' is not 'always'. But the important grammatical point is that Flew goes on to ask a question: "I therefore put to the succeeding symposiasts the simple central questions,'What would have to occur or to have occurred to constitute for you a disproof of the love of, or of the existence of, God?'". The point is that this is a question rather than any statement of a view.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 'A' n excellent book!!! 6 Sep 2010
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This is an excellent product which I would strongly recommend to anyone studying A level philosophy - along with the AS edition!

It provides a clear, insightful yet concise exploration of all the key topics specified in the OCR syallabus to help embellish notes copied from a standard - and most probably, a far chunkier text book! It contains all the 'juicy' details not always present within such text books, which the examiner wants to see but should definitely be used in combination with another text book for best results. This is not because it lacks any major content - simply because, for the sake of concision - the authors can't include all information available on the subject.

If you're still not convinced then let me tell you that it was largely because of this book that I managed to achieve an A in the subject (which I was very content with!)
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5.0 out of 5 stars top-set textbook 22 Jun 2010
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not sure how it'd work in a lower set, but am sure it would be great with clever students;
takes a lot for granted: no illustrations, no glossary, no insulting 'thought points', but some very useful exam/essay advice;
OCR slant, but, as it would need supplementing with more accessible material, could be used for other boards;
in any case am going to try at least the A2 half with an average class next term: can't resist it...
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good primary text 1 Feb 2014
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There is no such thing as the perfect book, but this is a good textbook that is pitched at the able student but will not bemuse the less able. It is well written, includes all the major infomation and does not pretend to be what it is not. We use it with an able class and supplement it with our own resources and extracts from other textbooks.
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TO ANYONE WHO MIGHT ENCOUNTER THIS REVIEW: ONE OF THE AUTHORS OF THE BOOK HAS RESPONDED SO THOUGHTFULLY TO THE CRITICISMS I ORIGINALLY MADE OF IT THAT I HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO ALTER MY RATING TO A MORE POSITIVE ONE. I WOULD ALSO LIKE TO APOLOGISE TO MR WILKINSON FOR THE RATHER MEAN-SPIRITED TONE OF THE COMMENTS BELOW. MY CONCERNS ORIGINALLY AROSE BECAUSE OF WHAT I BEGAN TO UNCOVER WHEN I STARTED TO READ AROUND THE TOPICS A LITTLE, AS WHAT I FOUND IN THE SECONDARY (AND OCCASIONALLY PRIMARY LITERATURE) SEEMED MUCH AT VARIANCE WITH POINTS THE AUTHORS WERE EMPHASISING, WHICH IN TURN GAVE ME CAUSE TO DOUBT THEM. HAVING READ THROUGH MR WILKINSON'S VERY DETAILED RESPONSE, I NOW FEEL COMPLETELY REASSURED. IN FACT, I WOULD BE HAPPY TO DELETE THIS REVIEW ENTIRELY, WERE IT NOT FOR THE FACT THAT MR WILKINSON SEEMED SO COMMITTED IN HIS REPLY TO SEEKING CLARITY ABOUT THE ISSUES DISCUSSED (RATHER THAN MERELY ENGAGING IN THE KIND OF POINT-SCORING A PHILOSOPHICAL QUARREL OFTEN CAN DESCEND INTO), THAT PERHAPS OUR EXCHANGE SHOULD BE PRESERVED. IN FACT, I HAVE RECENTLY PURCHASED SEVERAL COPIES OF THIS BOOK (AND THE EQUIVALENT A/S TITLE) AND THESE ARE CURRENTLY BEING PUT TO GOOD USE BY OUR A/S AND A2 STUDENTS. IT ONLY REMAINS FOR ME TO APOLOGISE A SECOND TIME FOR NOT AMENDING THIS REVIEW MORE PROMPTLY. I'M SO BUSY THAT I HAVE HAD TO WAIT UNTIL HALF-TERM TO DO SO.

Right at the beginning of this book, these authors make a big song and dance about 4 'myths' that their book is trying to 'correct'. First of all, they dispute the claim that 'falsification is about meaning'. Well, this may be true for Karl Popper but is it for Antony Flew (who is central to the A2 syllabus on this very issue)?
Here is a little quotation from 'Theology and Falsification':
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