Our programme of work in theology, philosophy and religion (TPR) comprises three elements: the study of theology through key biblical texts, learning philosophy through the work of some significant philosophers, and basic human questions about the value and meaning of the study of religion in one or more world religions.
It reflects the fact that the religious traditions of the United Kingdom are, in the main, Christian, while taking into account that other principal religions are also represented.
TPR is distinctive in that boys study a full issues-based course, which requires the ability to read and interpret religious texts theologically, reason philosophically, and understand religion in its contemporary setting. It also provides a coherent course, balanced in terms of breadth and depth, and offers all candidates, of any religious persuasion (or none), the opportunity to demonstrate their attainment, irrespective of their gender, ethnic or social background.
Our curriculum aims at giving the boys the opportunity to:
- Study the foundational biblical texts of the Judaeo-Christian tradition.
- Develop the philosophical skills to reason, argue and evaluate claims made by religious and non-religious belief systems.
- Acquire knowledge and develop understanding of the beliefs, values and traditions of one or more religions.
- Consider the influence of the beliefs, values and traditions associated with one or more religions.
- Consider the theological, philosophical and religious responses to moral issues.
- Identify, investigate and respond to fundamental questions of life raised by religion, philosophy and human experience, including questions about the meaning and purpose of life.
- Develop skills relevant to the study of theology, philosophy and religion.