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My most recent publications...

ethics for lifeEthics for Life

Explore the moral issues and arguments that direct our lives, express our values, and shape our future.

Ethics for Life, an extensively revised 6th edition of my original Teach Yourself Ethics title, will be available in October 2018!

In addition to giving a broad introduction to Ethics, this book - following Philosophy for Life, published last year - gives the subject a personal edge, exploring why Ethics matters to us as individuals.

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Through Mud and Barbed Wire


In June 1916, two remarkable religious thinkers found themselves on opposite sides of the battle of Verdun; for both the experience was uniquely formative, but they responded to it very differently. It transformed their ideas of God, their careers and their lives.

A German Lutheran chaplain and a French Jesuit stretcher bearer, although separated by only a few hundred yards of mud and barbed wire, tried to cope with, and make sense of, that horror of death and destruction on an unprecedented scale.

They – Paul Tillich and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin – reflect a century of thinking about religion, politics, humanism, existential angst and the global future.

It's the story of those two men and their struggles with religious belief, but also of the whole way in which ideas about God and religion have been shaped and re-shaped during the last hundred years.

Paperback @ £7.99 / $11.50 | Kindle ebook @ £1.99 / $2.99

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Philosophy for Life

Philosophy for lifeFrom the publisher's publicity...

Philosophy For Life is the essential introduction to the history of Western thought, covering key thinkers, both ancient and modern, and the major branches of philosophy. But more than that, it is a toolkit for developing new insights into the world we live in.

In Philosophy For Life you will develop your own critical and creative thinking by exploring the key ideas in Western Philosophy and the arguments that continue to shape our world.

More information on this title...

Its first review on Amazon (from a 'Top 500 Reviewer', unknown to me) concludes:

'Mel Thompson's clearly written and intellectually stimulating book is a superb introduction which should appeal to the general reader as well as students of philosophy.'

AQAA-Level textbook for AQA RS!

JohnThanks to the labours of John Frye (smiling on the right) and Debbie Herring, with a modest contribution from myself, the big new AQA Religious Studies textbook for A level year 2 has just helped its first cohort of students through their examinations.

You know if you need this book!

But I hope that will not stop others interested in religion, philosophy and ethics from taking a look. It is packed with solid, clearly set-out facts and arguments.

You can see more information and buy this title on Amazon (and support this website at no cost to yourself) by following this link: AQA A-level Religious Studies Year 2.

Lifting this book on a regular basis might also help tone up your arm muscles. It is a weighty tome!





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