Religious Studies in the curriculum
In a secular world, the
study of religion is regarded as unfashionable.
In a world where nothing is accepted without question, Religious
Studies, like any other subject within the modern school curriculum, must
justify its place. So, two challenges
face this department at the
- why have Religious Studies in the curriculum?
- why study religion at all?
The place of Religious Studies in the curriculum
From the start of a pupil’s life at the
Religious Studies is not just about thinking. It is also about feeling. It is about the development of an inner voice and a creative life. The subject can foster the development of spirituality both in the classroom and in the wider school community. In practical terms, this is about developing the spirit of community living and self-sacrifice. In other ways, it is about heightening awareness of a reality which is greater than the purely tangible or material. Ultimately, it is about the opening up of the human spirit to its own potential.
The study of religion
Despite the obvious secularity of modern life, the need
for a more informed understanding of the great religious questions is as
important as ever. Religious Studies in
its own small, but important, way aims to teach empathy, understanding and
tolerance of religious traditions wherever they are found. It aims to allow pupils to approach difficult
moral and ethical problems, some of which they themselves may well face in the
future. Above all, the hope is that
pupils leaving the