Unit 3: Roman Catholicism
Candidates studying this unit will be expected to be aware of the common ground that all Christians share, and of the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and Protestant traditions, including the reasons for their distinctions. However, there will be an emphasis on Roman Catholic belief and practice.
A specific study of the history of the Christian Church is not required. Candidates will be expected to know and
understand the proper terms for aspects of Christian faith and practice which form part of the subject content.
1. Beliefs and Sources of Authority
2. Sacraments of Initiation
3. Places of Worship
5. The Eucharist
Unit 4: Roman Catholicism: Ethics
This unit will examine the effect of the Roman Catholic Tradition upon aspects of Christian lifestyle and behaviour. Candidates will need to be aware of the distinctive effect of the Roman Catholic tradition. Candidates will be expected to make full use of their knowledge and understanding of the biblical passages specified below. Credit will be given for the relevant use of additional biblical material.
1. Christian Values
2. Christian Marriage
3. Christian Vocation
4. Christian Reconciliation
5. Christian Healing
6. Christian Responses to Global Issues
This unit explores the beginnings of the Church of the New Testament, tracing the journey of the gospel. In addition, candidates are required to explore the relationship of Acts of the Apostles to other aspects of human experience.
AS 5 – The Origins of the Celtic Church in Ireland and the Beginnings of its Missionary Outreach
This unit explores pre-Patrician Ireland and the arrival of Christianity, the mission and writings of Patrick and the introduction of monasticism. In addition, at A/S Level candidates are required to explore the relationship of this unit to other aspects of human experience.
A2 2 – A Study of Acts, Galatians and 1 Corinthians.
This unit develops the material covered in Year 13. It explores Paul’s work as a pastor and preacher and traces Paul’s journey to Rome. Students are also required to explore the relationship of Acts, Galatians and 1 Corinthians to their other unit of study (A2 5) and to other aspects of human experience.
A2 5 – A Study of the Development and Impact of the Celtic Church in the 5th, 6th and 7th Centuries.
This unit explores, in more detail, the development of the Celtic Church in Ireland and critically examines the impact of that development on the Church in Ireland, Britain and the Continent. Students are also required to explore the relationship of the Celtic Church to their other unit of study (A2 2) and to other aspects of human experience.