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RE teaching and its perspectives

Published 08/03/2016

BOTH Norman Campbell and Stella Wilson (Write Back, March 4) fail to understand that the current RE syllabus is not just about belief in the supernatural, but is also about ethics, yet it gives a purely religious slant on morality, implying that it has to be derived from religion.

This approach is much too narrow and fails to recognise the diverse beliefs and ethical codes of the wider society.

Humanists want to expand this part of the curriculum so that it includes ethics and philosophy that are not from a purely religious perspective. It should no longer be merely RE, but religion, philosophy and ethics.

Stella Wilson talks about maintaining majority views, but, in a pluralist society, minorities and individuals have rights too - a fact that was forgotten politically during 50 years of Stormont majority rule.


NI Humanist Association

Belfast Telegraph

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