Developments in Christian Thought
A Level Religious Studies Workshop
with Dr Peter Vardy
“Developments in Christian Thought” is an intensive one-day workshop for students of A Level Religious Studies, that has been designed to be run as a face-to-face bespoke event in your school. Combining pacy, engaging lectures with plenty of activities, discussions and debates, “Developments in Christian Thought” will bring content related to all four English specifications to life and help students to appreciate their significance.
Please note that this is NOT a revision or exam coaching event; no prior-knowledge will be assumed and the aim will be to enrich and extend students’ learning in Religious Studies. Sessions are suitable for Year 12 or Year 13 students – or a mixture of both – and the event works well at any point during the academic year. Some schools have invited the most able Year 11 students to similar events in the past to give them a “taster” of the A Level and support recruitment.
Schools will be provided with a rich .pdf resource booklet to duplicate and distribute to each student at the beginning of the event, so that students can fill it in as they go and have a useful record of what they have done for their files.
- Christian Thought
This introductory session explores the fundamentals of Christian thought and identifies key debates that have given rise to conflict and diversity within the religion through its long history.
- St. Augustine
After a short break, the second session focuses in on St. Augustine’s contribution to Christian thought, considering how his work influenced responses to topics including the problem of evil and suffering, pluralism and gender.
After lunch, the third session moves forward to the 20th Century and evaluates both a range of arguments for secularism – including those associated with Marx, Freud and Dawkins – and different Christian responses to those arguments.
- Liberation Theology
After coffee, the final session will explore how the Roman Catholic Church responded to the emergence of Liberation Theology and the implications of this response for understandings of Jesus and of Authority in the Church, the interpretation and use of the Bible and the relationship between Religion and Politics.
Arranging a Bespoke Event with Candle Conferences couldn’t be simpler – just send us an e-mail on firstname.lastname@example.org and our administrator – a highly experienced RS teacher herself – will get back to you to discuss possible dates and then answer any questions you may have.
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