Sixth Form Conference Explores the Nature of Evil and Suffering

On Friday 9th March, the Institute of Education hosted over one hundred sixth form students from around the region for a conference exploring the nature of evil and suffering, linked to their A level studies, and organised by PGCE Secondary course tutor for RE Rebecca Davidge.

Professor Darren Oldridge from IHCA provided a key note lecture exploring free-will, divine providence and the problem of evil, focussing on Calvin and Martin Luther, followed by a workshop on natural evil, evolution and suffering.  In addition Professor Stephen Parker explored “air raid shelter religion” – or what happened when people suffered in Second World War; Revd Fiona Haworth considered approaches to evil and suffering in the Wisdom Literature of the Hebrew Scriptures and how the different viewpoints of Proverbs, Job and Ecclesiastes are held in tension; Rebecca Davidge explored whether evil can exist if there is no God; and Dr Richard Woolley reflected on the life and death of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor and children’s author.

The Institute of Education is currently recruiting for the BA (Hons) Religion, Philosophy and Values in Education.

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