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: https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/apr/13/religion-faith-still-a-potent-presence-in-uk-politics-says-author?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Email

 

A2 Beliefs – digital religion

In the postmodern digital age, more and more religious groups are turning to the internet to try and gain customers in this spiritual marketplace:

Joy to the worldExperience #JoyToTheWorld at one of over 34,000 Christmas services taking place in Church of England churches around the country.

https://www.achristmasnearyou.org/#map_scroll_target

http://www.pray-as-you-go.org/home/

 

https://www.lichfield.anglican.org/online_pastor/

 

 

A2 Beliefs – religion causing social change

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In class we discussed the example of the Liberation Theologists who are used as an example of how religious groups can sometimes help create social change. There are many other examples of religious leaders having a massive influence on social change such as Martin Luther King and Desmond Tutu. Harry kindly emailed me the example of the Vladimir Petrek – here is his email:
The assassination of Reinhard Heydrich was called Operation Anthropoid and is an extremely moving tale of courage and selflessness. I highly recommend the movie ‘Anthropoid’.
Vladimír Petřek, priest of the Czech Orthodox Church, was executed in 1942 for sheltering the Czechoslovakian resistance fighters who assassinated Reinhard Heydrich, ‘the butcher of Prague’. Heydrich was the highest ranking Nazi official ever to be assassinated and is considered to be the leading architect of ‘the Final Solution to the Jewish Question’, having set in motion the extermination of all European Jews. Unfortunately, the SS found out the rebels were hiding in the church and stormed the building. The rebels held the church and fought back for over 6 hours before finally being defeated.
Like with most topics, when you are evaluating these examples you need to consider the extent of social change religions create.

With so few people going to church, they may no longer need to hold Sunday services

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From The Independent:

The Church of England is considering scrapping a law that requires churches to hold services on Sunday, after a big drop in the number of people going to church.

A paper posted on the organisation’s website reveals leaders are discussing plans to relax the centuries-old law that states services must take place every Sunday.

Read on: http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/church-of-england-laws-end-sunday-services-vicars-archbishops-a7367226.html

 

Y13 Friday P1

For those not going on the trip, please could you answer the following 10 mark question:

Outline and explain two reasons why there is dispute over the definition of religion. 

In the exam you will have 15 minutes to answer this question. You only need to write a very brief intro and conclusion, the most important part are the two paragraphs identifying reason 1 and reason 2.

l2_def_of_religion

Please email answer to ldavies@hazelwick.org.uk

Thanks 🙂

A2 h/w Sep 8th

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In order to establish a good understanding of the role of religion in the world today, I would like you to create an infographic about one religion. The information should be presented attractively on one side of A4. Please try and cover:

  • Number of followers
  • Key beliefs
  • History
  • Global spread

Also, try to apply some sociological concepts.

Please make these nice and pretty so that they could be displayed in T04.