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The following resources below exist solely for the purposes of research for the NSW HSC Course - Studies of Religion (see disclaimer below).

This course is studied in many Christian Schools; hence its coverage on the 'Christian Faith' website.

 

 

 

 

WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN? by John Chapman. A really great article (pdf) from one of Sydney's most respected evangelical Anglican sons!

IS THERE REALLY SUCH A THING AS ‘CHRISTIANITY’? by Stephen Cracknell.

DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD?  by Stephen Cracknell

DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD? A lecture by Mike Licona (Vimeo video)

DO ALL RELIGIONS LEAD TO GOD by Andy Steiger

 

 

FREE MP3 TALK: How can Christians claim truth when there are so many different religions? by Stephen Cracknell.

 

 

 

 

"BE THINKING"

'BE THINKING' has a wonderful page called: 'YOUR COURSE. Christian approaches to whatever subject you are studying.' The assumptions that lie behind what we are taught are often non-Christian. How can we ensure that our studying honours God? How can we survive studying in a secular environment?

'BE THINKING' also has an excellent page called: 'RIGHT + WRONG': Morality and ethics'. Where do ideas of right and wrong come from? Is the Bible’s teaching on morality still relevant? How do we respond to all the contemporary ethical issues that the Bible doesn’t mention?

 

 

 DO YOU KNOW ANY GOOD 'STUDIES OF RELIGION' SITES?

Then please let us know by CONTACTING US.

 

 

 

 MAJOR WORLD RELIGIOUS TRADITIONS 

(RELIGIONS)

 

Check out our extensive page HERE. A lot of very good 'stuff'! EG: Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Islam, Judaism, etc.

GCSE RELIGIOUS STUDIES (UK) has some good general information for students.

 

 

 

HSC STUDIES of RELIGION (NSW)

One of the guys on 'CHRISTIAN FAITH' teaches the NSW HSC 2 Unit subject - Studies of Religion'.

Below there are some useful SOR resources - please use with caution - it's a 'mixed bag' (like the actual course!)

Remember, plagiarism is not just uncool, lazy and bad - it's also a sin (stealing).

Acknowledge your sources!!!

 

 

PRELIMINARY AND HSC

BOARD OF STUDIES: This is the official page of S.O.R. with syllabus, past exams, etc. Also, you need to know A Glossary of Key Words from the BOS. You can download this list AND a synonym list HERE (Word).

BANKSTOWN TAFE has some wonderful notes on the Y11 and Y12 course.

BEST: OUR LADY OF MERCY COLLEGE (Parramatta). Simply awesome!! We congratulate them for allowing all SOR students and teachers to access this site in an age of "it's all mine!" Thanks heaps guys!

PANGO HSC Studies of Religion: Extensive coverage - do NOT ignore this site!Oxford University Press. Many good resources here for students and teachers.

Study of Religion (University of Queensland). A page of helpful links.

WEBLINKS from Cambridge.

WEBLINKS from Leading Edge (Pearson).

WEBLINKS from Trish Bartlett.

 STRONGLY RECOMMMENDED: Our special page on the Harvard Referencing System.

 

 

 YOUTUBE SITES

HSC Study Buddy 1234

Edrolo HSC

Tim Barrett

TRISTAN FORSYTH His very helpful 'stuff' can also be found at Slideshare.

 

 

DEVELOPING SITES

BOB EMERY

BCR

FROSTY'S SOR BLOG 

STUDIES OF RELIGION.NET (Coming in 2011; we are still waiting!)

 

 

 DEVELOPING 'WIKIS'

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NOT A WIKI!

STUDIES OF RELIGION WIKI

 

 

DEDICATED "RELIGIOUS TRADITION" WEBSITES FOR SOR STUDENTS

Judaism

ASK MOSES is a site dedicated to you being able to ask questions about the Jewish faith. Expect an answer within 24 hours!

JUDAISM LEARNING RESOURCES from the NSW Board of Jewish education

'UNDERSTANDING JUDAISM' is a free, student friendly pdf book you can download (the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies)

 

 

YEAR 11 (Preliminary Course)

Has it's own dedicated page HERE.

 

 

 

YEAR 12 (HSC)

CEO SYDNEY's website has info on Key Verbs, Sexual Ethics (Christianity), Saturday/Sunday Worship, the Hajj, Key Terms and Pope John Paul 2nd (what about Luther?)

HSC LOCKDOWN with Scripture Union - well worth it!

HSC Studies of Religion Focus Day Resources (CEO 2011)

  • Enviromental Ethics Presentation (Rabbi Paul Jacobson ppt)
  • Marriage (Rabbi Paul Jacobson ppt)
  • Synagogue Services (Rabbi Paul Jacobson ppt)
  • Religious Expression in Australia Post 1945 (Martin Milani ppt)
  • Approaching the Exam (Keynote Presentation for Mac) (Damien Kerr)
  • Bioethics in Islam (Zuleyha Keskin pdf)
  • Sexual Ethics in Islam (Zuleyha Keskin pdf)
  • A Christian Ethical Stance (Rosemary King pdf)
  • References for ProLife (Rosemary King pdf)
  • Winning God's Approval (Rosemary King ppt)
  • Christian Bioethics Framework (Rosemary King ppt)
  • Christians and Bioethics - Winslow (Rosemary King pdf)
  • Hajj Signficant Practice in Islam (Makiz Ansari pdf)
  • Baptism Presentation (Michael Reid pdf)

 

 HSC Studies of Religion Focus Day Resources (CEO 2012)

  • Aboriginal Beliefs and Spirituality
  • Baptism: Sign, Symbol, Sacrament
  • Bioethics Matrix
  • Bioethics In Islam
  • Bioethics In Islam Presentation
  • Christian Bioethics
  • Christian Bioethics Framework
  • Christianity Sunday Worship
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Expression of Religion / Religious Expression Post 1945
  • Goulburn Strike (YouTube Video)
  • Judaism: Significant Practice-Death And Mourning
  • Religion And Non-Religion
  • Religion And Peace
  • Studies of Religion: Smart Study - Tips and Techniques
  • Studies of Religion: The Exam And How To Approach It
  • Some Supplementary Resources May Be Available From The iFaith Page at XT3.com (Registration Required)

 

HSC Studies of Religion Focus Day Resources (CEO 2013) (Some 2012 presentations are included)

  • Bioethics in Islam
  • Environmental Ethics in Islam
  • Hajj - Significant Practice in Islam
  • Imam Al-Ghazzal - Significant Person in Islam
  • Sayyid Qutb - Significant Person in Islam
  • Religion and Belief Systems in Australia Post 1945 (Presentation)
  • Pope John XXIII - Significant Person in Christianity (Notes)
  • Pope John XXIII - Significant Person in Christianity (Presentation)
  • Paul Of Tarsus - Significant Person in Christianity (Presentation)
  • Ethics - Environmental Ethics Christianity (Presentation)
  • Ethics - Bioethics in Christianity (Presentation)
  • Baptism - Significant Practice in Christianity (2013 Presentation)
  • Baptism - Significant Practice in Christianity (2012 Presentation)
  • Sunday Worship - Significant Practice in Christianity (2012 Presentation)
  • Judaism: Significant Practice-Death And Mourning (2012 Presentation)
  • Religion And Non-Religion (2012 Presentation)
  • Religion And Peace (2012 Presentation)
  • Studies of Religion: Smart Study - Tips and Techniques
  • Studies of Religion: The Exam And How To Approach It
  • Some Supplementary Resources May Be Available From The iFaith Page at XT3.com (Registration Required)

Forms and Documents (Oakhill Studies of Religion). Includes Christianity, Ecumenical PowerPoints, Judaism, Post 1945, SOR Sample Answers).

Mr Achmar's Year 12 page

Mrs. Donaghy's Blog. There are some very dedicated teachers out there, and this is one of them! UPDATE - unfortunately, unlike this site, we have now been excluded from this blog.

MULTIPLE CHOICE ONLINE TESTS from the Board of Studies

TRISTAN FORSYTH'S PRESENTATIONS (YouTube)

THE HSC TEST YOURSELF APP. The HSC Test Yourself App can be downloaded from Google Play or iTunes. There actual app is free and once downloaded you can test yourself with a free set of questions, then decide which subjects you want to download, including STUDIES OF RELIGION. The download will indicate how many questions are available for any particular subject and the price for the subject pack. Costs are  between $1.99 to $3.99 a course.

 

      

    HSC TOPICS: Various

 

 HSC POST 45:

 We have a dedicated page HERE

 

 

HSC CHRISTIANITY:

We now have a dedicated page HERE

 

 

 HSC HINDUISM DEPTH STUDY:

 We now have a dedicated page HERE.

 

 

 HSC ISLAM DEPTH STUDY:

We now have a dedicated page HERE.

 

 

 HSC RELIGION AND PEACE:

Has its own (big!) dedicated page HERE

 

 

 HSC RELIGION AND NON-RELIGION:

This topic now has its own dedicated page HERE.

 

 

 S.O.R. YEAR 12 REVISION (NSW)

BEST: Pearson Education Interactive Website. Begin with Chapter 9.

MUST DO! Board of Studies. This website is a 'Test Yourself' website from past years. The multiple choice section is still valid BUT it does include questions from the old syllabus.

MUST DO! Macquarie Revision Guides NSW. Free online test. You will need a password. Disable macros.

Bored of Studies. You will have to register for this site. Some great stuff BUT be careful; it contains uploaded work from the Old Syllabus! Also, you are reliant on the work of others! Be discerning. Be wise - check with your teacher.

Oxford Studies of Religion has a helpful page with key word verbs (scaffolds).

Short Answer Questions and Suggested Solutions (in 'Word' format)

2011 Studies of Religion HSC Examination ‘Sample Answers’ (pdf file) BOS

'Excel Revise HSC: Studies of Religion 1 in a Month' by Ross Murray, John Jenner

'HSC Studies of Religion' by Patricia Noble, John Buchanan, John Buchanan

HSC Study Guide 2014 - Studies of Religion (SMH)

 

 

ALL THE VERY BEST FOR THE TRIAL EXAM IN 2016. Remember:

1. Statements are useful with ...

2. Explanations with ...

3. Examples but so is ...

4. Terminology ...

5. Variants should be mentioned as should be ...

6. Sacred scriptures.

READ THE QUESTIONS VERY,  VERY CAREFULLY !!!

Studies of Religion: The Exam And How To Approach It (pdf CEO)

Approaching the Exam (Keynote Presentation for Mac) (Damien Kerr)

 

 

 STUDY HELP

NSW HSC ONLINE has some great advice on study and exams. Worth looking at!

Studies of Religion: Smart Study - Tips and Techniques (pdf CEO)

 

 

 

 PDF FILES

DEVINE EDUCATIONAL CONSULTANCY SERVICES has some samples of their SOR resources for sale.

 

 

ATAR CALCULATOR

This is the ATAR CALCULATOR ONLINE which has been designed by one of the 'CHRISTIAN FAITH' guys (who just happens to be a science teacher!)

 

 

 

 NEWSPAPER ARTICLES

A leap of faith for church and state by Andrew West (SMH April 22, 2011). West looks at the religious 'demograhic' of Sydney.
 

Religions and their followers find a safe haven (SMH April 22, 2011). A brief look at 4 religious groups: the Mandaeans, Mar Thoma, Ahmadiyya and Buddhists. 

Lisa's blue over 'goddess' swimsuit now a diplomatic issue by Georgina Robinson (SMH May 12, 2011).During Australian Fashion Week 2011, a model wore a swimsuit featuring the Hindu goddess, Lakshmi. Some Hindus objected very strongly. (HINDUISM)

What is sharia? by Glenda Kwek (SMH July 19, 2011). This was in response to an alleged sharia flogging in Sydney (see HERE). (ISLAM)

'White collar workers push Hindu numbers ahead of the pack' by Andrew West (SMH August 11, 2011). Census information.

'2UE host's remarks on prophet investigated' by Heath Aston (SMH August 14, 2011). (ISLAM - Muhammad)
 

 

 

 FOR TEACHERS

Association for Studies of Religion was legendary during the infamous 2009 HSC paper fiasco.

CAE has some mp3's on SOR related talks held in 2009.

Holy Cross Ryde has assessment tasks online.

HSC Studies of Religion. TSC Learning (Catholic)

OUR LADY OF MERCY COLLEGE (Parramatta). Simply awesome!! We congratulate them for allowing all SOR students and teachers to access this site in an age of "it's all mine!" Thanks heaps guys!

Oxford University Press. Many good resources here for students and teachers.

Studies of Religion in Focus Conferences are interfaith initiatives to resource Studies of Religion I & II teachers:

2009 – Peace Justice and Interfaith Dialogue

2010 – Then and Now: The Australian Religious Landscape

2011 – Core Ethical Teachings

Webquests from Tristan Forsyth

Year 11 graded work SOR samples (NSW BOSTES)

 

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