Topic 2 Year 9 Religious Education

Religious Education
Topic  Where is God?
No of lessons  12
When is it happening  Term 2 Year 9
What will students learn 

Over-arching question: What really matters?

Christianity, Islam, Hinduism and Humanism.

In this unit students will investigate different responses to beliefs about God's existence.  Students will consider reasons for belief  such as the Cosmological, Teleological and  Ontological argument and investigate what  God is like.  Students will  explore the problem of evil, religious responses and how this may lead some people to reject a belief in God.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic 

Beliefs about the existence of God.

Cosmological argument

Teleological argument

Ontological argument


Religious experiences

What is God like?

Evil and suffering

Christian, Muslim, Hindu and Humanist responses to evil and suffering.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Many will have a basic knowledge of arguments for and against the existence of God.  Some knowledge for the existence of God is explored during year 8.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic

Explain and Interpret diverse views of beliefs, teachings and sources of wisdom and authority in relation to beliefs about God’s existence.  Show understanding of religions and worldviews as coherent systems or ways of seeing the world.

Evaluate a wide range of ways in which commitment and identity are expressed.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Evaluate how and why individuals and communities express the meanings of their identity, beliefs and values in many different forms and ways of living.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Cosmological, Ontological, Teleological, 

Miracle, Theist, Agnostic, Atheist, 

Humanist, Teleological, Humanist, Theist

The Big Question  Where is God?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'

What evidence do we have for God’s existence?
Do miracles prove God's existence?
Is religious experience evidence for God?
Who do some people believe in God?
Who is God?
Why is there evil and suffering?
What are Christian and Muslim response to evil and suffering?
What are Hindu responses to evil and suffering?
Can you believe in God while there is evil in the world?