OCR support material – moral argument


  • Suggested teaching and homework activities
  • Suggested resources
  • Points to note

Religious Studies H172: Philosophy of Religion G571

Suggested teaching time

5 hours


The moral argument 

Topic outline

Suggested teaching and homework activities 

Suggested resources

Points to note

Introduction to the moral argument

  • Discuss a hypothetical case of bullying. Is it wrong? Are there absolute values? Where do these values come from? 
  • Present a simple version of the moral argument.

  • Alternatively, the teacher picks on a student who has been primed in advance. Class attempts to persuade teacher that it is wrong.

The moral argument from Kant

The moral argument from Kant, including his concept of the “sum mum bonum” and his inferences about innate moral awareness 

  • Review previous knowledge of Kant from Ethics.
  • Students to work through differentiated resources to gain an understanding of his argument.
  • Plenary to discuss possible strengths and weaknesses.
  • Philosophy of Religion for A Level (Jordan, Lockyer & Tate)
  • Philosophy of Religion Folder (Highbury Publications)
  • The Question of God (Palmer) contains source material from Kant.

Challenges from Freud

Freud’s challenges to the moral argument; his view that moral awareness comes from sources other than God

  • Review knowledge of Freud from previous topic. What would he logically have to say about morality?
  • Students make notes on how Freud can be applied to this topic.
  • Class discussion leading to table of strengths and weaknesses.
  • Student notes from previous topic

Consolidation or exam practice

  • Use ICT facilities to produce a revision booklet for this topic or write model answers to possible exam questions.







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