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A2 Beliefs: The C of E send another letter…

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Once again, the archbishops of Canterbury and York have sent a letter to its priests to share with their congregations which urges them:

“to set aside apathy and cynicism and to participate, and encourage others to do the same. At a practical level that could mean putting on a hustings event for candidates, volunteering for a candidate, or simply making sure to vote on Thursday 8th June”.

The letter could be used as an excellent example of how religion can encourage social change because it is encouraging British people to support the an “an outward looking and generous country” in addition to other progressive ideas.

Here is the letter:


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A2: Faith still a potent presence in UK politics – Nick Spencer

Image result for Vladimir Putin The Russian president has increasingly presented himself as a man of serious personal faith, which some suggest is connected to a nationalist agenda. He reportedly prays daily in a small Orthodox chapel

From The Guardian:

Faith remains a potent presence at the highest level of UK politics despite a growing proportion of the country’s population defining themselves as non-religious, according to the author of a new book examining the faith of prominent politicians.

Nick Spencer, research director of the Theos thinktank and the lead author of The Mighty and the Almighty: How Political Leaders Do God, uses the example that all but one of Britain’s six prime ministers in the past four decades have been practising Christians to make his point.

So, this is a very good example of how the extent of secularisation has perhaps been exaggerated…

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Read on:


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Y13 Beliefs:

In class we have been discussing to what extent secularisation is taking place. Shiner argues that one of the key signs of secularisation is when religions ‘disappear’ from public life. Whilst there might be a disappearance compared to the past, often religious leaders are turned to and they act as ‘opinion leaders’ (two step flow) to the British people. An excellent example of this is when religious leaders from five faiths led a minute of silence in tribute to the four innocent victims who were killed during the Westminster terror attack.


Another good example is Radio 4’s Thought for the Day which frequently feature religious leaders.



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Y13 NRM essay

Assess the view that cults, sects and New Age movements are fringe organisations that are inevitably short-lived and of little influence in contemporary society. (20 marks)

Intro – quick definitions of cults, sects and NAMs. Also give a little background about NRMs and when they became popular.

This question needs to be answered in three parts:

1. Are cults, sects and New Age movements fringe organisations (Slide 37, 38, 39, 40, 68)?

2. Are cults, sects and New Age movements inevitably short lived (Slides 32, 33, 61, )?

3. Are cults, sects and New Age movements of little influence in contemporary society (Slides 44, 46, 51, 52, 53, 72, 73, 74)?


– When you answer each question, make sure that you compare cults, sects and New Age movements because they are significantly different from one another.

– Refer to our key case studies: Cults – The Unification Church (the Moonies); Scientology. Sects – Isis, The People’s Temple, Branch Davidians, Amish, Mormons




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A2 Beliefs: holocaust memorial – sacred place

This file photo taken on 6 August, 2010 shows two tourists jumping over the concrete steles of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin.Safanah has shared this article about behaviour of people at a holocaust memorial. Some are deeply offended by their actions whilst other argue that it is fine because it is not a sacred place. It reminded Safanah of Durkheim and Bellah’s ideas about the sacred and profane and civil religion.

“It’s like a catholic church, it’s a meeting place, children run around, they sell trinkets. A memorial is an everyday occurrence, it is not sacred ground.”
Man juggle balls at memorial site