- What do we know (if anything!)
- Plato, Aristotle and Aquinas on philosophy
- Arguments for God’s existence
- The problem of evil
- Miracles and religious experience
- Sex, War, Abortion and the Environment
Mr N. Hughes
Subject Lead RE and Ethics
After attaining my Theology Degree from Bristol University, I subsequently trained as an actor and pursued a career in the performing arts before committing to a life in education. As an RE teacher and Associate Assistant Principal, I feel strongly that all students should have an appreciation of different cultures and beliefs and have the confidence and understanding to speak about what they think is right, not only to succeed in RE but also to be well rounded, responsible citizens. I am passionate about teaching and learning and believe in the ability of every student to make a meaningful contribution to their class, the Academy and to the wider community we serve.
Mr B. Whitaker
It has always been in my blood to be argumentative and although I considered a number of other careers in my youth, RE is where my passion lies. I graduated in 2007 from St. Martin's in Lancaster and have worked at Accrington Academy ever since. My specific areas of interest are Kantian and Utilitarian ethical theory and arguments for and against God's existence. I am an avid reader and particularly enjoy leadership & personal development texts.
Mr D. Fitzpatrick
As I walked out of my first ever philosophy lesson in year 12 I was hooked. Those 2 years in sixth form debating the big questions of life and studying the greatest minds the world has ever seen set the trajectory of my life. Ever since that day the study of philosophy and the philosophy of religion has fascinated me. This passion led me to graduate from Durham University with a Masters in Theology.
Since then I have worked in my home city of Newcastle, Manchester, Spain, Kenya and now the best place of all Accrington.
GCSE Grades A*-A
Results from this course are excellent!
R.E is an important subject to study because religion and ethical issues effect the way we live our lives every day. By studying different religions and covering important social issues such as terrorism, policies on abortion and laws in the UK, R.E can help end discrimination, stereotyping and create a more accepting generation. Science may help us understand how terrorists make bombs and suicide vests – but R.E can help us understand why.
R.E at Accrington academy is very engaging and interactive. When we were covering the topic of capital punishment, we re-enacted a trial and that helped me understand the different roles people play in sentencing a person to death and also the implications on the victim’s family, criminals family and government. This has given me the opportunity to discuss and understand issues that no one has ever asked me before- it has helped develop my morals and given me an understanding of the world I live in.
R.E will help me when I leave school because I will be able to approach the subject of religion and ethical issues in a sensible and respectable way. R.E has enabled me to look at challenges I may be faced with in my life.