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A-level Journal: Challenging Religious Issues

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Challenging Religious Issues
is an online journal supporting A-level Religious Studies for students and teachers. The journal was set up through Welsh Government sponsorship and is published by the St Mary’s Centre.

  • Articles are written by leading scholars and practitioners
  • A wide range of popular AS and A2 options are covered
  • Activities and live links to recommended websites are included
  • The journal is published every term
Challenging Religious Issues can be accessed FREE through Hwb Cymru (https://hwb.wales.gov.uk) and here on this web page.

Challenging Religious Issues (English version)    ISSN 2053-5163
Herio Materion Crefyddol (Welsh version)         ISSN 2053-5171

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Issue 10 Spring 2016 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
William James on Religious Experience
William K. Kay

Worship: Receiving, Developing and Living Tradition
Bridget Nichols

The Enlightenment Debate in Early Buddhism
Phra Nicholas Thanissaro

The Reformations: Magisterial and Radical
Paul Wilson

Issue 9 Autumn 2015 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
Approaching New Religious Movements
Richard Bartholomew

John Hick’s Philosophy of Religion
Jeff Astley

The Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith
Peter Watts

The Five Pillars of Islam and their Significance in Modern Society
Declan O’Sullivan


Issue 8 Summer 2015 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
Eternal Life as a Present Possession
Mikel Burley

Kant on God and the Good: Hoping for Happiness
Christopher Insole

Soul-making and ‘Horrors’
Ian James Kidd

The Ethics of War: Just War Theory
Emily Pollard


Issue 7 Spring 2015 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
The Objectivity of Religious Experience: Philosophical Arguments
Jeff Astley

All in the Mind?  Psychology of Religion and Religious Experience
Mark Fox

Identity and Belonging: A perspective on Paul's letter to the Galatians
James Francis

The Pentecostal and Charismatic Movements
William K Kay


Issue 6 Autumn 2014 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
Euthanasia: Do We Have a Right to Die When We Want?
Dr Michael Armstrong

The Zionist Movement
Professor Gareth Lloyd Jones

Fundamentalism as a Response to Biblical Criticism
Paul Wilson

The Concept of Jihad in Islam
Dr Declan O’Sullivan


Issue 5 Summer 2014 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
Jung and the Psychology of Religion
Philippe Dauphin

Is Belief in Miracles Reasonable in a Scientific Age?
Professor David Wilkinson

The Development of Faith
Professor Jeff Astley

Situation Ethics: Was Joseph Fletcher Right All Along?
Dr Ashley Wilson


Issue 4 Spring 2014 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
Mind after Death? Substance Dualism, Immortality and the Near-Death Experience
Dr Mark Fox

Jeremiah
Professor Gareth Lloyd Jones

Blasphemy and Free Speech
Dr Richard Bartholomew

Are We Free Beings?
Adam Willows


Issue 3 Autumn 2013 (English Version) (Welsh Version)
God in Pop Culture
David Wilkinson

Aristotle’s Virtue Theory
Adam Willows

Faith, Reason and Revelation
Gerald Loughlin

Describing God
Jeff Astley


Issue 2 Summer 2013 (English version) (Welsh version)
Evil and Suffering
Professor Jeff Astley

Psychology and Mysticism: An Empirical Approach
Professor Leslie J Francis

Secularisation: Approaches and Aspects
Dr Richard Bartholomew

Secular and Religious Meditation
Phra Nicholas Thanissaro


Issue 1 Spring 2013 (English version) (Welsh version)
Evolution and Creation
Professor Jeff Astley

Researching Religious Experience in China: The Alister Hardy Project
Professor Leslie J Francis

Christian Sexual Ethics: Homosexuality and Marriage
Dr Stephen Parker

The Growth of Neo-Pentecostalism in Britain: A Critique of Secularisation
Professor William K. Kay