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Seven lives in seven books

It is easy for us educationalists to fetishise books. In and out of our conscious lives, books get everywhere: books for marking, books for research, books to write and – I hope – books for simple recreation. Since...
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Religion is emotional therapy

Stephen T. Asma offers a vision of a role for religion from a perspective of psychological health. ‘The Indian elephant is known sometimes to weep,’ Charles Darwin wrote Charles Darwin in 1872. ‘In the Zoological...
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Vision and insight: getting to the heart of RE around the world

It used to be prophets who had visions. Nowadays, vision means a little less. When we are asked what our ‘vision’ is for RE, we know that we are supposed to say what our intention is when teaching the subject. In...
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Swinburne’s theism

In this interview Professor Richard Swinburne defends his cumulative argument for the existence of God. We sourced some questions from A-level RS students and are so grateful to Richard for his profound engagement with...
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Flippant and profound:

It was amazing in the summer that tens of thousands of young poets from hundreds of schools entered our Spirited Poetry competition. NATRE felt that in order to properly judge the poems we needed a ‘real poet’ on...

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Hostility to religion: what does historical study tell us?

Professor Alec Ryrie presented the Gresham Lectures. Here he explores some issues about the representation of religion in the UK for the benefit of teachers of RE.

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Bold ambition: a life in RE

Kathryn Wright has been appointed CEO for the Culham St Gabriel’s Trust, a major national sponsor and grant maker in the field of RE. We wanted to ask her about her life in RE.

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RE in the new inspection framework

Mark Quinn and Mark Evans September 2019 saw the introduction of Ofsted’s new Education Inspection Framework (EIF). This focuses on the real substance of education: the curriculum. Through its ‘quality of...
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Discovering Sacred Text: an astonishing new resource from the British Library for school RE

Lat Blaylock commends a new resource for RE from one of our great institutions of cultural capital, the British Library. If inspectors want to see a rich knowledge curriculum, and pupils deserve to explore sources of...

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Form criticism and understanding: teaching the Gospels

I made an uncritical start. I was a third-generation priest. I went to a Church of England primary school before starting at the age of 10 at a religious foundation public school. The given was that everything to do with...
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Children should read the Bible!

What did broadcaster and atheist Melvyn Bragg mean last year when he announced that it’s a disgrace that children don’t read the Bible anymore? He was, of course, talking about reading the 1611 King James Version! I...
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Home, belonging, culture, difference:

do these words always mean the same? Suhaiymah is in her 20s. A third-generation Pakistani Muslim born in Bradford and schooled in Leeds, she studied History at Cambridge University and Postcolonial Studies at SOAS. She...
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My genes are shared with a cauliflower, so what does it mean to be human?

Professor David Wilkinson of the University of Durham shares a perspective on the difference between you, dear reader, and a cauliflower.

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What’s the problem? Religion and human nature

Geoff Teece, RE teacher trainer at the University of Exeter, explores religions through the accounts they give of the flaws and failings of human nature. Are faiths best understood as prescriptions for ailing...

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What makes us human? Guilt, prayer, love and worship

The Right Reverend James Jones, former Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, explores our moral and spiritual instincts, our need to love and our spontaneous expressions of reverence.

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Al Murray: the ‘Pub Landlord’ on the Golden Rule

This term’s theme for REtoday is: ‘What’s the problem?’ We interviewed award winning comic Al Murray, who noticed that at least eleven different religions and philosophies say humanity would be better for...

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Religious literacy for all: are teachers equipped for the task?.

Here Ed Pawson, Assistant to the Chair of NATRE (the National Association of Teachers of RE), explores why religious literacy has never been more important, and how it is being thwarted by a lack of teacher confidence....
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BIG ideas, questions: what does this mean in RE?

RE is often valued by teachers and pupils for the ‘big questions’ it addresses. The place of ‘big ideas’ in the subject goes beyond what each particular religion has to say, and in some ways makes RE a subject...

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Introduction to Shi’a beliefs and practices for GCSE RS

The Shi’a represent 10–15 per cent of Muslims worldwide. They are the majority in Iraq, Iran and Bahrain, and significant minorities in Afghanistan, India/Pakistan, Lebanon, the north-eastern part of Saudi Arabia,...

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Recently I decided to start something new … Wandering and wondering

Every morning straight after the register is taken, the children are taken out to experience a ‘nature walk’. Gerry Winnall teaches in Bolton. Her fresh idea for wise learning with her 5-6-year-olds will challenge...