Asking Dr Peter Vardy: Why study philosophy/religious studies?

Philosophy & Religion Video Interviews

I’ve been lucky enough to spend a few days travelling around the UK with Candle Conferences, where I have been talking about the Problem of Evil, and Dr Peter Vardy has talked about arguments for God, religious experience, and more. We have also been debating issues around euthanasia with the audiences, full of engaged and interested young people.

At one of these, I took a few minutes to ask Peter: why, in the competitive, employability driven world of education, should someone consider studying philosophy, ethics, or religious studies?

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Atheism Reclaimed? Interviewing Dr Patrick O’Connor

Philosophy & Religion Video Interviews

While on some recent travels, I managed to grab a few words with Dr Patrick O’Connor about his book Atheism Reclaimed.

atheismreclaimedIn the short interview, I ask Patrick who, or what, he hopes to reclaim atheism from, and we also discuss what his form of atheism might actually consist of. You can also read a piece by Patrick, exploring these ideas in more detail at The Conversation.The article is entitled Atheism must be about more than just not believing in God.

Interview by Dr David Webster.

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Faith in Gloucester..

You may have seen the press coverage of the new Faith exhibition at Gloucester Cathedral.

File 27-01-2017, 19 09 36.jpegYou can read more over on Dave’s blog: HERE.

For RPE students, we intend to visit – hopefully on the 17th of February: and also meet the artist behind the work (Russell Haines), so you can discuss the project with him.. Interested? Contact Dave..

Field Trip: Imperial War Museum – Thursday 19 January

RPE and History students have a joint event in January.. Visit the online store HERE to book a place.

On Thursday 19 January, History & RPE students have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in London.  Situated in Lambeth and a short walk away from London’s Southbank, the museum tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.  It allows us to reflect on the place and legacy of military conflict in our history, religion and culture.


You will have the opportunity to see a number of permanent exhibitions, including the First World War Galleries which contain materials from the Battle of the Somme, the Holocaust Exhibition, and Edmund Clark’s ‘War of Terror’, which focuses on “the hidden experiences of state control during the ‘Global War on Terror.’”

Field Trip Competition: Your opportunity to win a Kindle Fire HD!

‘Write a blog post of 500-750 words reviewing one or more of the IWM’s exhibitions’

We are looking for interesting academic commentaries, interpretations and evaluations, not descriptions!  The winning entry will be posted on the History Blog. Any students who go on this trip are eligible to enter the competition.

The Islamic Gardens of Andalusia: A talk by Roy Jackson

On November 14th, at 7.30pm, at Park Campus (Teaching Centre) RPE tutor, Dr Roy Jackson will give a talk entitled The Islamic Gardens of Andalusia.

This event is open to all, and Roy has substantial experience visiting the region, as well as research expertise in Islam.

RPE Students in Spain, for the HM5050 Field Trip.
An existential encounter with the gardens of Andalusia this talk will tap into Roy’s philosophical background as well as his study of Islam as he walks us through aspects of these beautiful gardens to explore their place in the Islamic world and what they have to reveal to us about the wider world and ourselves.
We take students to this region (including gardens) as part of our hm5050 Field Trip. Pics of these visits (and other trips) can be seen over on our photo-site.

Diwali 2016 in Leicester.. 

Writing this as our coach powers through the darkness of the nighttime M5, back to Cheltenham from a trip to Leicester.

We were there with students for the, huge, Diwali celebrations. We ate food, bought sweets, watched fireworks, and one colleague bought a Lakshmi statue, in the hope of future prosperity..  there are some images below.. we will be back in 2017..