Shrewsbury School

Philosophy & Theology (RS)

More detail about all of our academic faculties can be found in our Third Form Curriculum document, our Fourth Form Curriculum document (leading up to GCSE) and The Sixth Form and Beyond.

Head of Faculty: Miss E. Wheeler

Philosophy and Theology are two strands of a human quest for knowledge and understanding of our shared existence that has engaged some of the brightest minds and most influential people in history. Looking at some of the most profound issues and concerns under the key words of ‘Faith and Reason,’ students will have the opportunity to become familiar with ideas and arguments that have had (and continue to have) a profound effect upon human society, not only motivating people to perform deeds of the best (or sadly the worst) kind, but also providing a path through the mysteries and complexities of life.

Philosophy and Theology (formerly 'Religious Studies') at Shrewsbury takes an objective approach to its subject matter. Students are required to set aside preconceptions and assumptions, and treat all topics and issues in a rigorously academic and detached manner. Careful thought; the weighing of evidence; clarity of argument; these are all the characteristics of the best teaching and learning in the faculty.

Our courses generally fall into two main areas; Philosophy of Religion, and Moral Philosophy (or Ethics). More specifically, Christianity provides the theological context and common material for our investigations and studies.

Throughout the year our curriculum is enhanced and enriched by a number of speakers and events. Notable recent visitors have included A.C. Grayling, who spoke to an inspired audience about the Enlightenment. Talks can happen in conjunction with other faculties; one by a Consultant Neurologist on ‘Neurobiology and Empathy’ was obviously of equal interest to the Biology Faculty.

On occasion we will travel to day conferences for a series of lectures; recent ones have tended to be those led by Peter and Charlotte Vardy, but we have also attended events in local schools. Outside speakers are also invited to contribute to lessons; for example, Sixth Form classes have been addressed on End of Life issues by medical practitioners and the chaplain from a local hospice.

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