An issue that has come up more than once in class; is it only religious people that can get into heaven?
This article does one side, drawing on God’s mercy and also putting an emphasis on the conscience for humans.
But I’d love to ask the Pope what conscience means to him; is he an Aquinas man or an Augustine of Hippo. I think I know but won’t put words in his mouth…
Why do people believe? An evolutionary angle!
I’d heard it said by a man of faith, that you can never call yourself truly faithful if you have never doubted or questioned.
Here is a very interesting insight from the Archbishop of Canterbury. “I’m in the middle” is how God responded to his questions in the light of the Paris attacks.
This is an issue currently being studied by my GCSE students, the inconsistent triad. How can an all loving and powerful God exist in a world with such evil and suffering? The biggest question.
It fills me with pride that students begin discussig the idea of free will and acts being trials from God. And it’s true that many messages of strength and love come out of an act of hate from a minority, but as my yr13s came to discover in philosophy, surely a most powerful God could have made a world of such creation that acts of love did not need to come from such hate.
As an RE teacher, I applaud the openness of the Archbishop’s questioning. No one should blindly follow, either as an atheist or theist, always unpack and analyse for themselves.
Stephen Fry offers a very direct response to hypothetically meeting ‘God’.
Did Wittgenstein use silly points to make profound ones?
I feel like I’m being tricked into learning about cricket! I tried these cricket specific terms on my husband, who proudly claims to be a sporting man, and he knew from the term ‘nurdle’ that cricket was the game!
In teaching I suppose it is a specific game too. If i was to tell you that my NQT was favouring SEN specialisms and that I am responsible for RE, PDC and SMSC…well you’d have to have QTS and working your way up the framework to get me!
I like the way Rowan Williams (ex archbishop of Canterbury) explains ideas. Here he tackles the idea of blasphemy, challenging faith and what scares people about it.
Can blasphemy ever be a positive thing? And should we have laws based on it?
Hodder Plus – My Revision Notes – A-level Religious Studies.
This is really useful for A level revision (AS and A2). Gives a really simple break down of what to write for past questions.
An A level revision site suggested by the Vardy’s.