Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]

I was asked to contribute to this Holyrood Magazine article on behalf of the Humanist Society Scotland. http://www.holyrood.com/2014/07/leap-of-faith-2/ The article was prompted by the news that one of the people identified in an ISIS recruitment video was educated in Aberdeen, and also the issues raised in relation to religion in education in Birmingham. I would … Continue reading Leap of faith [Holyrood Magazine article]

Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

I meet a lot of people in my daily business who aren’t really that worried about the role that religion and religious groups play in education. I’ve taken the following video from CARE Scotland’s website. I’ve made two changes, 1) put the name of my blog on there (shameless), and 2) I’ve added a note … Continue reading Not worried about the role of religion in education? You should be!

Fourth humanist Time for Reflection in 15 years of The Scottish Parliament

Today (Tuesday 6 May 2014) is an important day in the 15-year life of The Scottish Parliament. I am humbled to become, today, the fourth person to lead a humanistic reflection in the chamber. It is both a great honour, and a sad realisation that despite the earlier commitments by our First Minister, and others, I … Continue reading Fourth humanist Time for Reflection in 15 years of The Scottish Parliament

Time for Reflection: What is all the fuss about?

N.B. This article focuses on religious observance/time for reflection in non-denominational Scottish schools, and does not take into consideration the different circumstances in denominational schools. The history of education in Scotland has its roots firmly embedded in the development of the churches. The first recognisable school in Scotland was the High School of Glasgow, which … Continue reading Time for Reflection: What is all the fuss about?

Religion in a Scottish constitution–How the Kirk failed the people of Scotland

I was invited to take part in ‘Sunday Morning with Richard Holloway’ on BBC Radio Scotland this Sunday, discussing the statement from a range of religious faith groups that there should be a specific religious clause in any possible future constitution. (Can be heard here). I was very happy to be asked to take part … Continue reading Religion in a Scottish constitution–How the Kirk failed the people of Scotland

Is belief in God reasonable? Debate with David Robertson

On Thursday 20 February I debated with Rev David Andrew Robertson at the invitation of Glasgow Caledonian University Christian Union on the topic ‘Is it reasonable to believe in God?’ You can watch the video bellow and read my thoughts afterwards. My thoughts below… David and I had agreed beforehand that we would make the … Continue reading Is belief in God reasonable? Debate with David Robertson

HSS Education Debate: “What role should religious faith play in Scottish education”

This was a debate that I took place in on Friday 6th December 2013. Firstly, apologies for the poor sound quality, there were one or two technical issue, but we managed to get there anyway. I’ve written a short reflection on the debate afterwards. Debate review… I was delighted that John Mason, Patrick Harvie and … Continue reading HSS Education Debate: “What role should religious faith play in Scottish education”

Time for atheists, secularists and humanists to engage in interfaith dialogue?

Last month, I attended an event organised by Xaverian Missionaries in the US and UK.  The event was titled “A Conversation Between Religious Believers and Humanists on Values and Ethics”. I must admit to be being very sceptical about the idea of being involved in ‘interfaith’ dialogue.  As an atheist I do not identify myself … Continue reading Time for atheists, secularists and humanists to engage in interfaith dialogue?

Education Debate: 6th Dec, 7.30pm at Glasgow Caledonian University (Free)

What role should religious belief play in Scottish education? I am very excited to be joining a panel to discuss this very topic on Friday 6th December 2013 at Glasgow Caledonian University. The panel will consist of Patrick Harvie MSP, John Mason MSP, Richard Lucas and myself. The debate will be filmed, and a copy … Continue reading Education Debate: 6th Dec, 7.30pm at Glasgow Caledonian University (Free)