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Post-Religious Education - A Sketch of a Subject

This talk proposes that Religious Education (RE) ought to be abolished and that some non-religious views ought to be taught alongside some religious views in a new, post-Religious Education school subject.
In sketching what the subject could look like, a conception of Religious Education based on that very word pairing and legal structures requiring that it be taught is explored, as well as considering whether or not competing or rival non-religious beliefs can justifiably be included within this subject. While it is argued that they cannot, it is also argued that like religious beliefs, they ought to be taught in schools. Since it is only natural that they are taught together, the conclusion is drawn that religious and rival non-religious beliefs ought to be taught together in a subject replacing RE.

John Tillson is currently reading for an MA in the Philosophy of Education at the Institute of Education. The South Place Ethical Society, being interested in his dissertation research on the inclusion of non-religious beliefs within Religious Education, is funding this study. He had previously completed an undergraduate degree in Philosophy at the University of Durham and a PGCE in Secondary Religious Education at the Institute of Education.


John Tillson | talks


Date and Time:

25 April 2010 at 11:00 am


2 hours



Conway Hall
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25 Red Lion Square
0207 242 8034

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