Here is the PP from the lesson:
Further to my last post on Peter Hitchins; A2 students, if you fancy some further reading, The Rage Against God by Hitchins offers an alternative view to Bellah and Marxist utopians. Here is the blurb:
Peter Hitchens lost faith as a teenager. But eventually finding atheism barren, he came by a logical process to his current affiliation to an unmodernised belief in Christianity. Hitchens describes his return from the far political left. Familiar with British left-wing politics, it was travelling in the Communist bloc that first undermined and replaced his leftism, a process virtually completed when he became a newspaper’s resident Moscow correspondent in 1990, just before the collapse of the Communist Party. He became convinced of certain propositions. That modern western social democratic politics is a form of false religion in which people try to substitute a social conscience for an individual one. That utopianism is actively dangerous. That liberty and law are attainable human objectives which are also the good by-products of Christian faith. Faith is the best antidote to utopianism, dismissing the dangerous idea of earthly perfection, discouraging people from acting as if they were God, encouraging people to act in the belief that there is a God and an ordered, purposeful universe, governed by an unalterable law.
Thanks to Harry for finding this about Peter Hitchens who shares a lot of the same views as the New Right. His ideas are also very critical of both New Labour and Conservative family policies:
About the Conservative Party – ‘they’re left wing and they don’t even know it’
About the family: Marriage needs to be re-privileged greatly’; ‘the blow to marriage was struck in all Western countries in the 1960s by divorce reforms’; ‘no party, certainly not the so called Conservative Party has offered to reverse these reforms’; ‘heterosexual marriage has collapsed’;
DUE: Mon February 28th
Examine the arguments and evidence in favour of the view that childhood is socially constructed (20 marks)
We often use Ireland as an example of a country still heavily influenced by the Catholic church, however, this article suggests that their influence is starting to wane. Here are the highlights:
- the Catholic church runs more than 90% of Ireland’s primary schools
- Ireland’s last census, in 2011, showed a big rise in the numbers of non-Catholics. Although those identifying themselves as Catholic were still the vast majority of the 4.5m population, more than 6% – 277,000 people – described themselves as atheist, agnostic, lapsed or of “no religion”. The number was an increase of almost 50% since the previous census in 2006; the next census, due in April, is expected to show an even bigger rise.
- Migration has also led to significant increases in the numbers identifying as Muslim, Orthodox, Pentecostal, Hindu and Buddhist.
- Yet as the power of the pulpit wanes, particularly with the millennial generation, Catholic influence on the state endures. Despite an astonishing 62% vote in favour of same-sex marriage last May, making Ireland the first country in the world to endorse marriage equality through a referendum, the church still holds sway in spheres such as education and reproductive rights.
- Last month, the outgoing education minister, Jan O’Sullivan, abolished Rule 68which gave religion lessons a privileged status in primary schools, ensuring 30 minutes a day was devoted to faith formation. The move followed a poll showing 85% of primary heads believed less time should be spent teaching religion.
- Educate Together, which runs 77 non-religious state primary schools in Ireland – 2.4% of the total – says it cannot meet demand for equality-based education. “We are very significantly oversubscribed,”
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