Author Archives: robertabowie

A school subject about truth-seeking and way-seeking

I am linked to the AfterRE project, a research project funded by Culham St Gabriel’s which is asking questions and exploring possibilities about the next stage in development of the subject, Religious Education. This is a think piece that is … Continue reading

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Podcasts that seek to go deeper on matters science, religion and faith

Here are some comments about two recent podcasts well worth listening to if you are working in the field of science and religion Nick Spencer and Bethany Sollereder The first, the shorter of the two, is Diving Deep Into Science … Continue reading

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Religious Education for a time of Existential Threat

A shortened audio recording with slides of inaugural professorial lecture ‘Religious Education for a time of Existential Threat’, given on May 11th 2022 at Canterbury Christ Church University. To find out more visit nicer.org.uk and bobbowie.com. You can book our conference for £25 … Continue reading

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What is a Worldview? Trevor Cooling shares his thinking

Trevor Cooling, Professor of Christian Education, and Bob Bowie, Professor of Religion and Worldviews Education, talk about Worldview. You can find information about articles of Trevor’s here https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/full…​ and here https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/…​. More about the final report of the Commission of … Continue reading

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A message wrapped in words: teaching the Bible in schools

Here I interview Dr Margaret Carswell, a leading specialist in teaching texts in religious education. In this interview, I ask her about key ideas in her work and discuss techniques teachers can use to teach texts more hermeneutical. For more … Continue reading

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After world religions: a conversation with Dr David Lewin

(cross posted with the NICER blog) I am really pleased to be able to publish this special Advent conversation with Dr David Lewin of Strathclyde university. I had been wanting to talk to David for a while, ever since hearing … Continue reading

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Research ethics, rule-following and schools

I recently reviewed an article reporting some research conducted in a school by teachers. One of the issues I feed back on was the school’s rules round research and how the author wrote about research ethics. The approach was to … Continue reading

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Cox questions Bowie (reposted)

Dawn Cox, Subject leader for RS in a secondary school in Essex and familiar contributor online with her highly regarded blog, has interviewed me on a Teams chat. She asks me great questions about hermeneutics, disciplinarity and texts in the … Continue reading

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COVID 19 has reversed our values and vices: Was Aristotle right and Plato wrong? Does morality need wealth?

In my professional communities, certain words tend to be viewed as out and out goods (intrinsically good – good in and of themselves we would say in the ethics business). The pre Covid 19 virtues. These words include autonomy, diversity, … Continue reading

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Videos on Liberation Theology for teachers

Videos on Liberation Theology for Schools teaching A Level Religious Studies These videos introduce some of the key ideas around Liberation Theology. They have been made to help schools that teach Liberation Theology, a topic on some A Level Religious … Continue reading

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