Category Archives: Religious Studies

Human identity: what are people like in the afterlife? – 2

Ms Rex gave an adapted version of this talk to the IIIrd & IVth-form WP about what the great traditions, from Homer and the Old Testament, through Plato and into Christianity and Dante, have said about what of our selves survives after death. An episode of the Simpsons (“Heaven and Hell”) reinforced the ideas she was discussing.

Human identity – what are people like in the afterlife – 1?

Ms Rex gave a full and fascinating talk to the Rem-UV and VIth-form branches of the WP about what the great traditions, from Homer and the Old Testament, through Plato and into Christianity and Dante, have said about what of our selves survives after death. She went on to discuss the contemporary theological debate between those who argue that the Old Testament presents a completely psychosomatic view of the soul-body (i.e. that the two are really one entity), and those who say that the soul and the body are separate. We went into the Hebrew of the Book of Job to assess these views.

Evolution and Creationism

Mr Wille led all three sections of the WP in an investigation into the application of scientific method to the variety of life on earth. This fast and challenging presentation culminated in reading the letter to the Kansas School Board from a believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster, requesting that if Creationism (or, as it has to be called, “Intelligent Design”) is to be taught as a valid alternative to Darwinism, that his beliefs should also be on the curriculum. Much scoffing at the irony-unaware responses this generated on the message boards.

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