I'm getting really confused, because I'm looking to do just religious studies A Level, but my school only does 'Religious Studies And Philosophy' A Level which I'm pretty sure is only Philosophy A Level. What is the difference between the two and are they actually separate A Levels that you can do? Thanks
Your school sounds like it's confused! Philosophy is all about the challenges of creation and how things came to be. So such as Plato's world of forms and how we came to experience things. Then you've got Aristotle's challenges of his mentor, Plato. Aristotle didn't believe Plato's world of forms and thought that we were driven towards something (A God). That is Ancient Greek Philosophy which I studied at AS.
Now, Religious Studies is just studying Religion basically. So you could study Hindu, Christianity, Jewish religion and etc etc. I think what your school will be studying is the Philosophy of Religion and then you will study a certain religion.
So for example the philosophy of Christianity or the Judeao-Christian God is that he created the world in 7 days etc etc. Basically you will learn about how to challenge the Christianity's beliefs such as is God such a thought in your head, is he the voice of conscience, why did he create suffering in the world if the bible says he is an all-loving God? Things like that are the philosophy of Religion (Christianity Religion). How did the concept of the Judeao Christian God came to be. Is he real, how do you know he is or isn't? All these kinds of questions (will never be answered through this subject) but it will question a lot of things and it will challenge complex things!
I found it really interesting, and by the end of it, I am still a Christian! But it depends on what religion your school will pick. I know quite a few schools are doing religions other than Christianity, so check with your school. I do believe it's only OCR do Religious Studies and then AQA does Philosophy and I think other exam boards might too!
Philosophy derived from greek meaning love of wisdom; it is study of the fundamental questions of the universe (metaphysics, philosophy of science, philosophy of language, ethics, religion, epistemology, aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of logic and mathematics, et al) whereas in contrast Religious Studies (basically Theology) studies specific religions and their belief systems such as Christianity, Islam, et al...the studies should also integrate various areas of philosophy. Philosophy really is concerned with those questions for which cannot be answered by empirical methodology, it is the discipline that raises questions and attempts to use logic and reason as a means of solving them
The philosophy of religion should draw from pretty much all of the areas of philosophy, for instance metaphysics when discussing what comes after physics, the philosophy of science for addressing why science isn't always correct, the philosophy of language to understand religious language, epistemology (the theory of knowledge) to understand whether it is rational to say that one has knowledge of the existence of God, aesthetics (what does it mean to something to have a quality such as beauty, how does religious art relate to this), ethics for considering the morality of religious beliefs (such as the problem of evil); these are just some examples, if you have a specific question about any areas of philosophy i'm more then happy to address them.
This is kind of rubbish. Religious studies doesn't just focus on religion - by any means. I am the ethicsa module (in RS a level) and you do utilitarianism, euthanasia, abortion. You do heaps f philosophy and if you choose your modules like i have no religion at all. well, i am doing buddhism, but that is more anthropological than religious, at an academic level. there is massive overlap between the two subjects. RS is basically philosophy....you can avoid Christianity (for example) entirely, if you wish.
edit to say: btw, my post is aimed at some of the earlier posts on this thread.
no need to be incredibly rude..it was just an opinion...RELAX...everyone is entitled to their own opinion. MAYBE YOU ARE AN ANGRY ATHIEST!!!