Not only do we seek to introduce diverse religious views on issues such as the origins of the universe and life, medical and environmental ethics, war and peace, crime and punishment, we explore atheist views in response to these issues in recognition of the significant influence this outlook has on our society today. Indeed, students are encouraged to reflect on the reality that British society is becoming increasingly secular in nature, and they consider how religions are responding to this challenge.
Students gain a valuable insight into the role religion plays within the life of an individual and within a faith community. For the majority of believers a life of faith is expressed in a rhythm of life that is oriented towards devotion, discipline and diligence, with this world seen as a preparation for a world beyond. An awareness of this within RE means the subject provides an important counterbalance to the often negative picture of religion presented in the media, thereby ensuring our students are well-equipped to participate in, and contribute to, modern society as religiously literate young adults.