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Theology & Religious Studies: Teleological/Design Arguments & Their Critics With Dr Jonathan Birch From University of Glasgow

13th May 2021 @ 16:00 - 17:00




As part of University of Glasgow’s exciting Insight & Skills Series on the Philosophy of Religion, this live talk, with Q&A, will examine the strengths and weaknesses of design (or teleological) arguments: one of the most tenacious philosophical arguments for the existence of God.

The talk will engage with the Existence of God topic from Scottish Highers and A Level specifications. In the course of modelling a hypothetical answer to an exam question on that topic, we will evaluate arguments recommended by various specifications, namely those of William Paley, and consider different interpretations of those arguments. More recent design arguments will also be discussed (e.g. Richard Swinburne’s).

Our focus will be on how students can demonstrate knowledge, understanding, analysis, and evaluation in their assessed work on this topic.


Our events are designed so that a group of students can take part from a classroom or students and teachers can take part as individuals, either from school or from home. This means that sessions will continue irrespective of possible school closures.

As a live, participative event, this session will not be recorded but slides and other resources will be shared after the event, where available.


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Lecturer Profile (Please Click): Dr Jonathan Birch

Suitable for: S5/S6 (Scotland), Year 12 (England & Wales) and equivalent students studying, or with an interest in studying, Theology & Religious Studies, and related subjects.

Preparation/Pre-Reading: No preparation is required although you may may wish to consider questions you have on the topic.

The IT Setup: The event will be run on Bluejeans and participants will be able to join using laptops, tablets, and mobile devices. If you are joining as a school group, we recommend connecting with one device and projecting on to a whiteboard. You will be able to interact with the university via a microphone and/or typed comments and questions. Full details will be sent to those who have registered (see below) prior to the event.

Booking a Place: This is free for schools and colleges. If you would like to take part in this event, please register your interest using the link to the registration form below:



13th May 2021
16:00 - 17:00
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