It’s been a while- apologies. About 8 years ago I presented a paper that explored my approach to my studies and while some of my thoughts have moved on, a lot remain the same. People had sometimes worried about the compatibility of my studies and my faith. In some ways this was my rejoinder to … More Fostering or Failing Faith?
On 3rd December James was invited to present GCSE certificates at his old school. As a part of this James reflected on his time at the school and the influence of others. The text of his speech has been adapted slightly but can be found below: I am so grateful to have been invited here … More Set the world on fire
I have delivered two sessions recently about the UK Government’s ‘Prevent’ strategy; first of all to postgraduate students training to be teachers, and also to members of my Faculty at University. On both occasions I retained some deep set concerns about the way that it has been articulated. I indicated in an earlier post, the … More Some further concerns about Prevent
On Saturday 3rd October James was a guest on Unbelievable? on Premier Christian Radio. While not perfect and there were aspects I was not thrilled with (for example having to leave the last statement unanswered). Feel free to have a listen here.
It’s been a bit quiet on the website recently- apologies for this- it’s been a hectic time of year. Just stopping by to advertise a couple of RE networking opportunities that I will be attending and leading elements of over the next couple of weeks. On Monday 28th September I’m at the Heads of RE … More RE Networking opportunities
Introduction Mauss has noted that throughout their history Latter-day Saints have struggled with the tension between retrenchment and assimilation (Mauss, 1994: 5). This article argues that this dichotomy is exemplified in the Church’s relationship with, and writings about, other faiths. As a structure each of these positions and their validity will be explored in detail, … More The dichotomy of Latter-day Saint interfaith commentary: a way forward.
There are some who may eschew engagement with other religions because it is dangerous. John Hull has characterised such an approach in the following way: ‘I am holy, the argument says, and you are holy but the ground between us is unholy ground and we will contaminate each other through harmful mingling of blood if … More Inter-faith dialogue: A transformational third space