A precis of my lecture Religious Education: Where has it been? What is it doing? Where is it going? is to be found in Vol. 121 no. 10 of The Ethical Record November 2016. See the Link page.
Between Dawkins and God in Philosophy Now Issue 186 September/October 2011. See the Link page.
The Good The Bad and Theodicy published in Philosophy Now August/September 2019.
A Vision of Dialogue in the RE classroom and beyond published in RE Today Summer 2020, Vol. 37 No. 3
Judging Religion: A Dialogue for Our Time
Publisher: Silverwood Books
Publication date: September 2019
The book will be available in hardback, paperback and also as an ebook.
Judgments of religion are all around us. It is all too easy to imbibe them, reproduce them and respond to them before critical reflection has managed to take command of what we are doing. Judging Religion guides the reader through an ethical appraisal of religious faith(s), most especially of Christianity and Islam as they are practised today. The various perspectives of believers and ex-believers, as well as the many victims of religion, join with a variety of academic commentators to consider how we should best form such evaluations. Having engaged with media appraisals of religion in the light of this question, I turn to considerations of such issues as the religious upbringing of children; mission and evangelising; the nature of the charitable contributions of faiths and the effects of prayer and meditation upon individuals and communities. Special attention is given to understandings of Islam and its foundational texts. Based on this, questions about the treatment of women as well as issues of militancy and radicalisation within Islam are considered. Written for the general reader the text doesn’t shrink from reaching conclusions about sensitive issues. But it is also an essay in critical thinking that seeks to call into question assumptions held by many believers and non-believers alike.