TPR (theology, philosophy and religion) is an exciting subject at Common Entrance, which in addition to focusing on a variety of world religions, also combines the study of Bible stories and events with contemporary theological, philosophical, social and ethical issues which we experience today.
In Years 4 and 5, the focus is on religion, where students learn about the six major world religions: Buddhism, Judaism, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism and Christianity. Within each religion, we look at their beliefs, founders, holy books and festivals, and complement our studies with a visit to their respective places of worship. Such visits enable students to really immerse themselves in the experience of each religion and its practice.
In Years 6, 7 and 8, students focus more on the theology and philosophy aspects of the subject. Theology is approached by reading and analysing a number of biblical narratives, from the Old Testament and the New Testament. Philosophy is studied alongside these biblical narratives, by asking questions as to how the themes encountered may be relevant and applicable to the modern day, discussing a variety of contemporary ethical and moral issues.
We also aim to develop the students' ability to structure an argument using evidence and reasoning, whilst being able to evaluate both supporting and conflicting responses to a number of theological, philosophical, religious, ethical and moral issues.
"Education without values, as useful as it is, seems rather to make man a more clever devil."
–CS Lewis (1898-1963)
"Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that."
–Martin Luther King (1929-1968)
"The hunger for love is much more difficult to remove than the hunger for bread."
–Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997)