11 Sep Great Philosophy and Ethics websites…
Charlotte Vardy writes…
Following a twitter exchange with @iTeachRE and @gerdunne71 this morning, I have been updating my knowledge of useful websites for teaching the Philosophy of Religion and Ethics, whether at GCSE or A Level. @iTeachRE asked if I would share a list, so here goes (and please do send me recommendations to add to this via the comments) – in no particular order I am afraid….
Philosophy of Religion
- http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/philosophy-religion/ – the daddy of all reference sites for teachers and bright A Level students.
- http://www.iep.utm.edu/religion/ – a more accessible version of the above.
- http://infidels.org/ – great collection of extracts and articles relevant to many topics in the Philosophy of Religion. Useful for A Level.
- http://www.thetablet.co.uk/student-zone/ – videos and summaries of key topics in Philosophy of Religion by yours truly (excuse the awful aesthetic!)
- http://www.what-matters.org/ – downloadable anthology and work-sheets to support “God Matters” by Peter and I – useful (we are told) for A Level.
- http://www.reasonablefaith.org/ – William Lane Craig’s exhaustive site, featuring blog, videos, articles and much more.
- http://www.religioustolerance.org/ – Useful site covering a wide range of topics.
- http://philosophyofreligion.org/ – Site curated by the University of Boston
- http://www.philosophyofreligion.info/ – Aimed at GCSE / A Level students
- https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/series/philosophy-religion – Tim Mawson’s excellent podcasts on a range of PofR topics
- http://www.springer.com/social+sciences/religious+studies/journal/11153 – Springer has a wide range of relevant academic articles available online, mostly with a subscription that your school library may have. One for teachers and aspiring university applicants.
- http://www.rsrevision.com/contents/index.htm – Revision resources for GCSE and A Level students
- http://www.scandalon.co.uk/gcsers/ – GCSE resources
- http://www.tutor2u.net/religious-studies/blog/gcse-revision-quizzes-for-religious-studies – ready-made GCSE revision quizzes
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03zf45d/clips – BBC clips relevant for GCSE teaching
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion – BBC Religion and Ethics… tried, tested and still one of the best
- http://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion – CTVC’s collection of “True Tube” videos thought relevant to GCSE teaching
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/section/religion – Wide range of articles that might interest and extend GCSE and A Level
- http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/ – From the Templeton Foundation (sympathetic to a “broader view” of reality)
- https://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series – ditto; exchanges of essays on controversial questions. Good for A level.
- http://www.faradayschools.com/ – Resources on Science and Religion for all age-groups.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zpll/episodes/guide (almost all episodes available on You Tube) – Good in small-doses at GCSE level. Supports students in recognizing what different views on a question look like.
- https://iai.tv/ – Great range of recent and engaging video resources on fascinating “big questions”
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04bwydw (History of Ideas R4 programmes, plus animated shorts) – the animated shorts on topics like Paley and the First-Cause argument are great for bright GCSE students or AS Level.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2Dw1c7rxs6DmyK0pMRwpMq1/archive BBC R4’s “In Our Time” – a huge wealth of episodes to listen to relevant to Religion and Philosophy of Religion.
- http://peped.org/philosophicalinvestigations/ – aimed at teachers, providing a wealth of teaching resources on all topics.
- https://richarddawkins.net/ – for all things Dawkins!
- http://www.ted.com/search?q=Philosophy+of+Religion – Good range of TED talks on related themes.
- http://www.ted.com/search?q=Religion – Ditto.
- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL8dPuuaLjXtNgK6MZucdYldNkMybYIHKR YouTube Crash Course playlist, Philosophy
- https://www.youtube.com/user/MrMcMillanREvis – The best revision videos for GCSE out there – also useful for AS Level.
- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvoAL-KSZ32fRrlUcuezyvR80Ec6qHUz YouTube Philosophy Tube playlist
- https://www.youtube.com/user/WirelessPhilosophy YouTube Wireless Philosophy playlist
- http://www.gresham.ac.uk/watch/?subject=religion Gresham College lectures on Religion, including video archive inc. Alister McGrath’s series last year.
- https://philosvids.wordpress.com/category/philosophy-of-religion/ fantastic selection of videos related to the Philosophy of Religion (including an interview with Peter) created by our friend David Webster at the University of Gloucestershire (sorry for missing you out!)
- https://mrlivermore.wordpress.com/ has some great articles related to AS and A2 Philosophy of Religion topics. Another terrible omission from the original list!
- www.philosophybites.com – A long-running podcast with interviews of professional and academic philosophers. Thanks to Chris Giles for this reminder!
- www.sophia-project.org – Aspiring to be the world’s largest online collection of philosophy teaching resources. Another from Chris Giles.
topten.html – A comprehensive list of online philosophy resources – ranging from comic strips to encyclopaedias. A final one from Chris Giles.
- http://www.iep.utm.edu/ethics/ – Good reference site for A Level
- http://peped.org/philosophicalinvestigations/ – Aimed at teachers, providing extensive teaching resources on all topics.
- http://www.thetablet.co.uk/student-zone/ – Videos and summaries of all topics by yours truly, with downloadable worksheets based on Tablet articles. Possible for “cover” or holiday work.
- http://www.what-matters.org/ – Downloadable anthology and worksheets to support “Ethics Matters” by Peter and I
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion – BBC Religion and Ethics site
- http://www.farmington.ac.uk/documents/new_reports/TT235.pdf – Basic student booklet to support GCSE teaching to download for inspiration.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zb48q6f BBC Bitesize for GCSE RS
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01z2nf6 Clips from BBC series “Matters of Life and Death” on assorted Ethical Topics
- http://www.truetube.co.uk/ethics-and-religion Range of “True Tube” clips from CTVC suitable for teaching GCSE
- http://www.religioustolerance.org/ – Useful site explaining religious perspectives on moral issues.
- http://www.huffingtonpost.com/section/religion – Range of useful articles, including on religious perspectives on moral issues.
- http://www.bigquestionsonline.com/ – From the Templeton Foundation, some Ethics material here.
- https://www.templeton.org/signature-programs/big-questions-essay-series Ditto – some “big questions” related to Ethics.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b007zpll/episodes/guide (almost all episodes available on You Tube) – Sunday Morning bun-fight with plenty of ethics topics available, showing diverse religious and non-religious (and some truly wacky) points of view…
- http://learn.christianaid.org.uk/TeachersResources/secondary/just-living.aspx – example of the sort of thing you can obtain from NGO and Charity websites, any and all of which are worth a visit for GCSE Ethics topics like Poverty, War etc.
- http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006qk11/episodes/player Archive of R4 “The Moral Maze” with Michael Buerk
- http://blog.practicalethics.ox.ac.uk/ Interesting blog from Oxford – articles and links from the likes of Julian Savulescu
- https://www.jstor.org/journal/ethics – Good place to start for academic articles related to Ethics. Need a subscription for most (but not all) of it, but your library may have one.
- http://www.ted.com/search?q=Ethics Great TED talks on Ethics related topics.
- https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLvoAL-KSZ32ecfEjoNjMJyKTFUS5-hNr9 YouTube Philosophy Tube, Ethics playlist
- https://www.youtube.com/user/WirelessPhilosophy YouTube Wireless Philosophy playlist
- https://podcasts.ox.ac.uk/people/marianne-talbot Particularly bioethics (but great resources on Logic, Critical Reasoning & Philosophy of Mind as well) from Oxford Dept. of Continuing Education Professor Marianne Talbot, who is great.
- https://philosvids.wordpress.com/category/ethics/ Here are the Ethics videos from Dr David Webster at the University of Gloucestershire – really interesting extension.
For the Christianity content of the new A Level in particular – though there are also things on Philosophy of Religion and Ethics – try http://www.philosopherkings.co.uk/ which has a wealth of resources created by the department at King’s Canterbury to support the old OCR Developments in Christian Thought paper. Extra resources to support Peter’s Puzzle of Christianity will soon be posted at www.puzzleofchristianity.org as well.
Digital Resources that cost money… although you might try https://www.regrants.org.uk/rs-resources for a grant of up to £600 to buy resources from the Jerusalem Trust.
- http://www.dialogue.org.uk/index.php – the original A Level student journal, plus an enormous archive of fabulous articles which you can buy access to.
- https://www.amazon.co.uk/Philosophy-Ethics-Through-Film-Theories/dp/0199136181 Exorbitant price, but if you are loaded…
- https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/hub/philosophy-and-ethics/ Variable quality, but some really good.
- http://ethicsonline.co.uk/ Joe Jenkins’ range of useful, if expensive, films on key topics.
- https://www.hoddereducation.co.uk/Magazines/Magazines-extras/RS-Review-extras RS Review magazine often has useful stuff and is worth getting for the library.