“Rivers, ponds, lakes and streams – they all have different names, but they all contain water. Just as religions do – they all contain truths.”
Why Study Beliefs Philosophy and Ethics?
Throughout history religion has held a central place in the lives of virtually all civilizations and cultures. Whilst society in the UK today is largely secular, religion still has a huge influence on the lives of all. At the centre of many global issues, on television and in music, religion has and does inspire many people.
To understand religion is to understand ourselves and to better understand each other; by embracing and engaging different people, beliefs, ethics and ideas we can breed tolerance and acceptance. Studying religions can help us to understand how our religious histories have shaped our cultures today and determine what is important in our increasingly small global society where people of all religious and non religious beliefs and philosophies coexist.
In order to understand our own ideals and to clarify and strengthen our own opinions it is important to explore alternative ideas and beliefs. Philosophy and Ethics allows students to think about big questions and controversial topics to improve thinking skills and communication.