Through Autumn 2020, Candle Conferences will run a unique series of twilight CPD events for teachers, offering a unique opportunity to enhance A Level subject knowledge related to selected topics in Philosophy of Religion, Ethics and Christian Thought and to acquire teaching ideas and resources.
The Ontological Argument (23rd September, 4.30-6pm)
This session will explore the trickiest of the Arguments for God’s existence, exploring its origins in the work of Anselm and later presentations from Descartes, Hartshorne and Malcolm as well as a range of critical responses to the argument from Gaunilo, Aquinas, Kant, Russell and Findlay. Full resources will be provided and strategies for helping students to take the argument seriously will be considered and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session for as long as it takes.
Religious Language (30th September, 4.30-6pm)
This session will turn to the trickiest of the A Level Philosophy of Religion topics full stop, by exploring the issue of Religious Language. Starting with the perspectives of Pseudo-Dionysus, Anselm, Maimonides and Aquinas on how words can or cannot be used to describe God, the session will then move on to consider the 20th Century debate concerning meaning in language, covering Verificationism, the Falsification debate and Wittgenstein’s theory of language games before concluding with Tillich and Randall on symbol. Full resources will be provided and strategies for helping students to tackle essays on this topic will be considered and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session for as long as it takes.
Kantian Ethics (7th October, 4.30-6pm)
This session will focus on the trickiest ethical theory to teach well, explaining what Kant was trying to achieve in the Groundwork for the Metaphysics of Morals (1785) as well as how his arguments here fit with his later Moral Philosophy and with his Philosophy of Religion. The core concepts of duty, good will, hypothetical and categorical imperatives will be explored and the significance of Kant’s dependence on the postulates of God, freedom and immortality considered before the application of Kant’s ethic to a range of issues is outlined, both in terms of Kant’s own work and of modern Kantian scholars. Full resources will be provided and strategies for helping students to like Kant (!) will be considered, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session for as long as it takes.
Secularism (14th October, 4.30-6pm)
This final session will turn to the enormous topic of secularism from the Christianity paper, exploring the difference between secularism and secularisation before outlining and evaluating a range of arguments for secularism, including those from Freud and Dawkins. The session will then consider how Christianity has responded to secularisation, considering the shift towards fideism and biblical literalism within the Protestant movement and anti-modernism and Liberation Theology within the Roman Catholic tradition as parts of this response. The session will conclude by considering the future of Christianity as it moves towards its 22nd century. Full resources will be provided and strategies for helping students to make synoptic links across the paper and the course will be considered, and there will be the opportunity to ask questions at the end of the session for as long as it takes.
Access to the four online CPD sessions, including digital resources and an mp4 recording of the session for future reference, costs just £80 for unlimited numbers of participants attending through the same logon-link.
Members of the Candle Friends scheme can participate for just £50*
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○ Presenters with long experience of delivering online as well as face-to-face events for teachers. Simple, user friendly software.
○ Up-to-date scholarly content made engaging and tailored to the specific needs of teachers delivering A Level or GCSE specifications.
○ Resources and teaching ideas designed by practicing teachers with a record of engaging students of all abilities in a range of different types of schools and colleges.
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