28 Feb

Religious Studies Visiting Speaker Programme

On Tuesday 25th February, Professor Hugh Houghton spoke to A level Religious Studies students about the findings gathered from the translations of earlier manuscripts of the New Testament. In particular, this has led to a more informed understanding of how the Bible was understood by the early church and how this has changed over time, especially with regards to the inclusion of additional words or passages, or the exclusion of others. The talk was very useful for the Sixth Form as they have to evaluate the role of the Bible as a source of authority and moral guidance, as well as how literature is used within ethical issues. The department has also welcomed other visiting speakers this year, with girls attending talks on how the findings of neuroscience shape current theories of mind, as well as discussions on the way secularism impacts on the public role of religion. The Religious Studies Department would like to thank Professor Houghton for his thought provoking lecture, as well as Dr Line Nyhagen for her talk on secularism, and Dr Carmel Mevorach for his discussion of the importance of neuroscience.