There is a widespread perception in the West that we live in a secular age, an age in which religion is at best an optional extra, if not a false delusion completely out of place. However, religion still arouses passion and causes controversy; it controls and transforms lives. An informed understanding of the contemporary world thus requires an appreciation of the role of religion in shaping ideas, world-views and actions that have an impact on the social as well as on the personal life of the individual. This free course, Religion today: Themes and issues, gives you a glimpse into this fascinating area.
This free course, Studying religion, will give you an opportunity to think about some of the key concepts and methods of the discipline of Religious Studies. You will meet examples of different forms of religious practice and belief, mostly from Britain and India.
Tamara Beckwith is probably best known to most of you for her regular appearances in the gossip columns. As someone who knows the sharp end of this very human form of communication, she’s always wondered why we’re suckers for tittle-tattle about other people...sometimes even people we don’t know. Ever Wondered sends her to dispel the rumour and innuendo and do some digging