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Deadline: Fri 27th Sep

Homework task:

Students to read St Thomas Aquinas Cosmological argument and its criticisms. Students must pick one 30 mark question and a 15 mark question from the pack.

a)      Evaluate to what extent to which the cosmological argument for the existence of God offers a coherent explanation of the universe (30 marks).

b)      Outline the cosmological argument for the existence of God. Examine criticisms that have been made of its form, content and conclusions (15 marks)

A successful homework task will…

Be hand written in continuous prose.

No typed work as the exam will be by hand.

Question a) should outline St Thomas Aquinas’s argument (including his three ways). It should also use Philosophers to support St Thomas Aquinas’s argument.

Question b) should focus on the criticisms of the cosmological argument. Answer should feature  key Philosophers such as Russell Brand, David Hume in addition to general criticisms.

Deadline: Fri 11th Oct

Homework task:

Students to read St Thomas Aquinas Cosmological argument and its criticisms. Students must pick one 30 mark question and a 15 mark question from the pack.

a)      ‘The cosmological argument fails to present a proof for the existence of God’. Examine this response with reference to key philosophers, the Kalam argument and infinite regress. (30 marks)

b)      Explain the key features of the Cosmological argument (15marks).

A successful homework task will…

Be hand written in continuous prose.

No typed work as the exam will be by hand.

Question a) should outline St Thomas Aquinas’s argument (including his three ways). It should also use Philosophers to support St Thomas Aquinas’s argument.

Question b) should focus on the Thomas Aquina’s three ways.

Deadline: Thurs 24th Oct

Homework task:

a)      Explain the different understandings of the role of God which are found in Aquinas’ cosmological argument (30 marks)

b)      For what reasons have some thinkers rejected the cosmological argument? How far is it possible to regard the cosmological argument as strong (15 marks)

A successful homework task will…

Be hand written in continuous prose.

No typed work as the exam will be by hand.

Question a) should outline St Thomas Aquinas’s argument (including his three ways). The answer should refer to God as the omnipotent/ uncaused cause/ contingent/ necessary being etc.

 Question b) should focus on the criticisms of the cosmological argument. Answer should feature key Philosophers such as Russell Brand, David Hume in addition to general criticisms.