IB TOK questions in Ridley Scott’s film, ‘Exodus Gods and Kings’

On 12 December 2014 Ridley Scott’s film ‘Exodus Gods and Kings’ is released. A number of general questions and knowledge questions might arise which you could explore further in a TOK presentation or essay.

Real life example:

General questions:

  • How far do religious knowledge systems depend upon narratives about the past?
  • To what extent is the film based on an accurate representation of the biblical story in the book of Exodus?
  • To what extent does memory and the retelling of ancient stories give meaning and purpose to followers of religious knowledge systems today?
  • In what ways can the arts convey religious ideas and concepts?
  • To what extent has the story of the exodus in the Bible inspired liberation movements around the world?
  • What are the ethical responsibilities of film directors – how do we know?

The BBC podcast by Rhidian Brook explores various questions further: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02d9c0t

Knowledge questions

  • To what extent is memory a source of knowledge in religious knowledge systems?
  • To what extent does evidence and narrative play a role in religious knowledge systems?

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