Issues 21-40




Issue 21: November 2003

Paley’s Happy Fish: The Design Argument and Theistic Belief:
Dr. Brian R. Clack (St. Clare’s College, Oxford)

A Meta-ethical Voyage: Geoff Cocksworth (The King’s School, Canterbury)

Moral Philosophies and Christian Principles in Medical Ethics:
Dr. David Smith (The Milltown Institute, Dublin)

Achieving Synoptic Success: Roger J. Owen (Principal A-level Examiner)

The Life and Significance of Friedrich Nietzsche:
Dr. Simon Valentine (University of Bradford)

Women in the Gospels: Sarah K. Tyler (Senior A-level Examiner)

Life after Death: Professor Paul Badham (University of Wales, Lampeter)

Issue 22: April 2004

Lassoing the Wind: Can the Doctrine of Analogy Do the Trick?
Dr. Sharon Kaye and Nelson Foster (John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

God and the Universe:
Professor Russell Stannard, OBE (The Open University)

Suicide: Dr. David Smith (The Milltown Institute, Dublin)

The Problem of Evil in Shadowlands
Dr. Mary Litch (Yale University, USA)

Moral Questions posed by In Vitro Fertilisation and Embryo Experimentation:
Dr. David Smith (The Milltown Institute, Dublin)

Morality: A Modest Proposal: Chris Horner (Cambridge Regional College)

Issue 23: November 2004

Virtue on Wall Street?
Mark Coffey
(Teacher of Religion and Philosophy, The Manchester Grammar School)

A Dialogue with Professor Peter Singer (DeCamp Professor of Bioethics at the Centre for Human Values, Princeton University)

Redaction Criticism
The Reverend Dr. Anthony Bash
(Lecturer in Theology, University of Hull)

Who’s to Judge? Ethical Relativism versus Ethical Objectivism
Professor Louis P. Pojman
(Visiting Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge; until recently Professor of Philosophy at the United States Military Academy)

Sex and Marriage in the Christian Tradition
The Reverend Duncan J. Dormor
(Dean of St. John’s College, Cambridge)

The Challenge of Durkheim’s Sociological Interpretation of Religion
Bob Bowie (Lecturer in Religious Education, Canterbury Christ Church University College)

Euthanasia: Conflicting Positions
Dr. David Smith
(Ethics Consultant, Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

Issue 24: April 2005

The Moral Status of Animals: Some Philosophical Reflections
Dr. Christopher Hamilton (King’s College, London)

The Truth of the ‘Untruths’ of John’s Gospel:
Stephen Morris (Brentwood School, Essex)

Darwinism and Christian Belief:
Professor John Hedley Brooke (University of Oxford)

A Humanist Critique of Religion:
Marilyn Mason (British Humanist Association)

Could the Universe be Infinitely Old? Thomas Aquinas’ First Way of Proving the Existence of God:
Dr. Sharon Kaye and TaLeiza Calloway (John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA)

God, Evil and the Big Wave:
Peter Manning (King Henry VIII School, Coventry)

Religion Without ‘Superstition’: A Realist View?
Dr. Elizabeth Burns (Heythrop College, University of London)

Business Ethics: Some Central Issues: Professor Thomas L. Carson
(Loyola University of Chicago, USA)

Three Kinds of Ethics and the Teaching of Jesus:

Teaching and Learning Ideas for A level Religious Studies:
Lat Blaylock (Professional Council for Religious Education)

Issue 25: November 2005

Justifications of Punishment
Dr. Paul Smith, Senior Lecturer in Ethics, St. Martin’s College, Lancaster.

Christian Marriage in the Modern World
Professor Adrian Thatcher, Teaching Fellow, Department of Theology, University of Exeter; formerly Professor of Applied Theology at the College of St. Mark and St. John, Plymouth.

Has Science killed God? Richard Dawkins on Science and Religion
The Revd. Professor Alister McGrath, Professor of Historical Theology, University of Oxford.

Durkheim and Weber on Religion
The Revd. Duncan Dormor, Dean, Fellow and Tutor, St. John’s College, Cambridge.

Why do we help others?
Dr. Steve Else, Teacher of Religion and Philosophy, Loughborough Grammar School.

The Da Vinci Code and the Sacred Feminine
Julie Arliss, Lecturer in Theology and Philosophy, Richard Huish College, Taunton.

Issue 26: April 2006

Animal Theology – or theology as if animals really mattered
The Revd. Professor Andrew Linzey (University of Oxford)

Supporting a good cause: Cosmological arguments for the existence of God
Gerald Jones (The Mary Ward Centre, London)

Virtue Ethics and Character Consequentialism
Professor Nicholas F. Gier (University of Idaho, USA)

The Problem of Evil
The Revd. Canon Professor Keith Ward (University of Oxford)

Meta-Ethics and Emotivism
John Rafferty (Langside College, Glasgow)

The Virtues of Reason and Faith: Friendship and Broad Perspectives
Professor Charles Taliaferro (St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota, USA)

Jesus in his Social Setting
The Revd. Canon Professor John Riches (formerly University of Glasgow)

Issue 27: November 2006

The Beer-Truck Hypothesis and Groundhog Day:
What Time Can Tell Us about The Meaning of Life
Professor Kimberly A. Blessing (Buffalo State College, New York)

Watch Your Language
Michael Poole (King’s College, London)

The Art of the AS and A2 Examination Essay
Michael Wilcockson (Principal A-level Examiner)

St. John’s Gospel: What is it all about, and why is it different?
The Revd Dr David Wenham (Wycliffe Hall, Oxford)

Excitement in AS/A2 Religious Studies Teaching
Professor Terence Copley (University of Exeter)

Religious Experience
Professor Paul Badham (University of Wales, Lampeter)

Karen Ann Quinlan, Tony Bland, and Terri Schiavo:
Withdrawing Life Support from Patients in a Persistent Vegetative State
Professor Nancy J. Duff (Princeton Theological Seminary)

Plato’s Theory of Forms
Dr Raphael Woolf (King’s College, London)

Issue 28: April 2007

Karl Marx and Christianity: Connections and Contradictions
Dr. Andrew Wright (King’s College, London)

The Status of the Human Embryo and Foetus in Law and Ethics
Dr. Susanne Gibson (St. Martin’s College, Lancaster)

Who’s Afraid of Relativism?
Dr. Julian Baggini (The Philosophers’ Magazine)

Jesus, the Big Bang and Seven Days:

The Contemporary Relevance of the Doctrine of Creation
The Revd. Dr. David Wilkinson (St. John’s College, Durham)

The Ethics of Killing
Professor Torbjörn Tännsjö (University of Stockholm)

Genetics and Our Future
Dr. David Smith (The Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland)

Virtue-Centred Ethical Theory
Professor Jonathan Jacobs (Colgate University, New York)

Just War Theory and the Invasion of Iraq
Dr. Mark Evans (University of Wales Swansea)

Issue 29: November 2007

How free are you?
Dr. Lisa Jones (University of St. Andrews)

‘It ain’t necessarily so’: The Bible’s prohibition of homosexuality
The Reverend Duncan Dormor (St. John’s College, Cambridge)

Bad Arguments: They Live Amongst Us
Dr. Constantine Sandis (Oxford Brookes University)

What does religion tell us about happiness?
Professor Richard Schoch (Queen Mary, University of London)

Plato’s Theory of Immortality
Dr. Michael Palmer (Marlborough College)

Life after Death and Personhood
Dr. Stephen Parker (Cadbury Sixth Form College)

Common Errors and ways of avoiding them
Hugh Campbell (St. Aloysius’ College, Glasgow; A-level Principal Examiner)

Professor Jonathan Jacobs (Colgate University, New York)

Issue 30: April 2008

Who belongs to the moral community?
Dr. James H. Spence, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy and Religion, Adrian College, Michigan, USA.

Couldn’t God have done better?
Dr. Gerard J. Hughes SJ, formerly Master of Campion Hall, Oxford.

Freud and Religion
Part One: Dreams, Slips, and the Unconscious
Dr. Brian R. Clack, Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego.

Intuitionism and Moral Realism
Dr. Roy Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, University of Gloucestershire, Cheltenham.

Jesus Beyond Christianity: Perceptions of Jesus in Buddhism
Dr. Gregory A. Barker, Head of the School of Theology and Religious Studies, Trinity College, Carmarthen.

Will I survive my bodily death?
Dr. Daniel Cardinal, Head of Philosophy, Orpington College.

The Euthyphro Dilemma: A Deal-Breaker?
Dr. David Baggett, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Liberty University, Virginia, USA.

Issue 31: November 2008

Climate change and you: consequences, intentions and consistency
Dr. James Garvey (The Royal Institute of Philosophy)

On seriously doubting the existence of God
Dr. Mark Vernon (Writer, broadcaster, journalist; Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Freud and Religion
Part Two: Wishes, Illusions and the Oedipus Complex
Dr. Brian R. Clack (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, University of San Diego, California, USA)

Can Morality Save the Planet? - a critical introduction to environmental ethics
John Foster (Freelance teacher and writer; Honorary Research Fellow in Philosophy, University of Lancaster)

Time, Eternity and Divine Foreknowledge - The Boethian View
Hugh Campbell (Head of Theology, St. Aloysius' College, Glasgow; A-level Principal Examiner)

Can God act in the world science describes?
Dr. Christopher Southgate (Research Fellow in Theology, University of Exeter)

Windows, Gateways and Mirrors: The Parables of Jesus
Professor C. Clifton Black (Otto A. Piper Professor of Biblical Theology, Princeton Theological Seminary)

Issue 32: April 2009

God and The Problem of Evil
Dr. Brendan Sweetman, Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst University, Kansas City, MO, USA.

Back to Basics: A Plea for Moral Objectivism
Richard Coupe, Head of Religion and Philosophy, Berkhamsted Collegiate School.

Dr. Paul Smith, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy and Ethics, University of Cumbria, Lancaster.

Nietzsche's Morality and the Death of God
Dr. Roy Jackson, Senior Lecturer in Religion, Philosophy and Ethics, University of Gloucestershire.

Introducing Simone de Beauvoir
Michael Wilcockson (Chief Examiner for A-level Religious Studies; Head of Divinity, Eton College)

In Search of Plato's Soul
Dr. Darren Sheppard (Head of Religion and Philosophy, Oakham School)

Good without God
Dr. Mark Vernon (Writer, broadcaster, journalist; Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Issue 33: November 2009

The Truth about Pacifism
Professor Douglas Lackey, Baruch College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York

Is it in my self-interest to be moral?
Dr. Michael Lacewing, Heythrop College, University of London

ID and the Idea of Design
Michael Poole, King's College, London

Faith, Reason and Contemporary Philosophy
Professor Paul D. Murray, University of Durham

Does God hide and seek? Reorientating Philosophy of Religion
Mark Coffey, The Manchester Grammar School

Sexual Ethics
Joe Jenkins, Hereford Sixth Form College

Issue 34: April 2010

Concepts of God: Biblical and Philosophical Perspectives
Professor Andrew Wright, Professor of Religious and Theological Education, King's College, London

Kantian Respect
Professor Richard Norman, Emeritus Professor of Moral Philosophy, University of Kent

Is good ethics good business?
Dr. Julian Baggini, The Philosophers' Magazine

God's Action in the World
Professor Keith Ward, Regius Professor of Divinity Emeritus, University of Oxford

Arguments for Design
Dr. Michael Lacewing, Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London

Recent Approaches to Virtue Ethics
Professor Julia Annas, Regents Professor of Philosophy, University of Arizona

Just War
Joe Jenkins, Lecturer in Theology, Hereford Sixth Form College

Issue 35: November 2010

A Personal Perspective on the Problem of Evil (1)
Dr John Frye (Principal A-level Examiner)

What would Kant make of that?
Dr Christopher Falzon (Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Newcastle, Australia)

Science and Religion
Dr Mark Vernon ((Writer and journalist; Honorary Research Fellow, Birkbeck College, University of London)

Virtue Ethics Then and Now
Professor Michael Slote (UST Professor of Ethics, University of Miami)

Ethical Theory and Torture
Professor J. Jeremy Wisnewski (Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Hartwick College, USA)

Thomas Aquinas on Happiness
Professor Richard Schoch (Professor of the History of Culture, Queen Mary, University of London)

The Moral Status of Animals
Dr Stephen Law (Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London)

A Personal Approach to the Problem of Evil (2)
Dr John Frye (Principal A-level Examiner)

Issue 36: April 2011

What’s the best Environmental Ethic?
Noel Stewart (Head of Philosophy and Critical Thinking, Wyke Sixth Form College)

Abortion: Issues of Relative Moral Status and Rights
Dr David Mills Daniel (Educational Consultant, Lecturer and Writer)

Professor James F. Keenan, S.J. (Founders Professor in Theology, Boston College)

Plato at the Movies – A Celebration of the Use of Film in the Teaching of Philosophy, Ethics and Religion
Kenneth Townsend (Head of Philosophy and Religion, Carmel Sixth Form College, Merseyside)

Myth and Symbol
Professor Jeff Astley (Director of the North of England Institute for Christian Education)

Thomas Aquinas and the possibility of a Natural Law
The Reverend Duncan Dormor (Dean and Fellow, St. John’s College, Cambridge)

Rights and Wrongs of Reproductive Technologies
The Reverend Dr. Andrew Goddard (Lecturer in Christian Ethics, Trinity College, Bristol)

Issue 37: November 2011

God and Evolution
Professor Brendan Sweetman,
Professor of Philosophy, Rockhurst University, USA

Act and Rule Utilitarianism
Noel Stewart,
Head of Philosophy and Critical Thinking, Wyke Sixth Form College

Metaethics - separating facts and morality
Andy Skinnard,
Head of Upper School, Alleyn's School, Dulwich

Virtue and Vice in the Hurt Locker
Dr Jonathan Webber,
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Cardiff

'Who can straighten God's handiwork?' Reflections on the Ethics of Human Genetic Engineering and Therapy
Esmond Lee,
Head of Religious Studies, Trinity School, Croydon

Whitehead's God and the Problem of Evil
Dr Mark Tebbit,
Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Reading and University of Notre Dame (London Centre)

The God of Philosophy: It's all Greek to me!
Dr Roy Jackson,
Reader in Philosophy of Religion, University of Gloucestershire

In Defence of Divine Commands
Dr Matthew Flannagan,
Philosopher and Theologian

Issue 38: April 2012

Self, Death, and the Afterlife
Professor Chad Meister, Bethel College, Indiana, USA

The Puzzle of Relativism
Peter Baron, Wells Cathedral School

Theological Determinism
Dr Tim Mawson, St Peter's College, Oxford

Contraception: religion, responsibilities and rights
Dr David Mills Daniel, educational consultant and freelance lecturer

The Bible as a 'Savage Text'
Professor Adrian Thatcher, University of Exeter

The Russell-Copleston Debate on the Cosmological Argument
Professor Bruce R. Reichenbach, Augsburg College, Minneapolis, USA

Moral Standing, Saving the Planet and Meaningful Life
Professor Robin Attfield, Cardiff University

Saving Strangers: What Does Morality Demand?
Dr Fiona Woollard, University of Southampton

Issue 39: November 2012

Dr Krister Bykvist, Fellow and Tutor in Philosophy, Jesus College, Oxford

The Power of Symbols
Dr Mark Vernon, Writer and Journalist

Atheism in the Modern Era
Professor Kerry Walters, William Bittinger Professor of Philosophy, Gettyburg College, USA

Augustine on Evil
Professor Phillip Cary, Professor of Philosophy, Eastern University, Philadelphia, USA

The Cosmological Argument
Dr Elizabeth Burns, Lecturer in Philosophy of Religion, Heythrop College, University of London

The Persistence of Fundamentalism
Professor Joseph F. Kelly, Professor of Religious Studies, John Carroll University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA

Richard Dawkins, Naturalism and God's Goodness
Professor Paul Copan, Pledger Family Chair of Philosophy and Ethics, Palm Beach Atlantic University, USA

How can we tell right from wrong?
Dr Michael Lacewing, Lecturer in Philosophy, Heythrop College, University of London

Issue 40: April 2013

The Evidential Problem of Evil
Professor Chad Meister, Professor of Philosophy, Bethel College, Indiana, USA

Meaning, Value, Design
Professor John Cottingham, Professorial Research Fellow, Heythrop College, University of London

Revising for an 'A' Grade
Peter Baron, Editor and Principal Author,

Against Voluntary Euthanasia
Professor John Keown, Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Christian Ethics, Kennedy Institute of Ethics, Georgetown University, Washington, DC

What's Christian about Christian Ethics?
The Revd Dr Victor Lee Austin, Theologian-in-Residence, St Thomas Church, New York City

On Myth
Dr Mark Vernon, Writer and Journalist

Wittgenstein and Language Games
Professor Mark Addis, Professor of Philosophy, Birmingham City

The Moral Status of the Human Embryo
Dr David Albert Jones, Director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre, Oxford

Introducing the Moral Philosophy of Alasdair MacIntyre
Dr Christopher Lutz, Associate Professor of Philosophy, St Meinrad Seminary and School of Theology, Indiana, USA