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AQAAQA Religious Studies (Year 2)

Thus substantial textbook, written with John Frye and Debbie Herring, is endorsed by the examination board for those taking Religious Studies papers at AQA. You'll know if you need this book!

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AQA A-level RS Year 2

And here's John Frye himself...

John Frye


What does it mean to be 'me'? What has made me who I am? Can I change?

If you have asked yourself these questions, you need to read ME!


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I have other basic introductions to Buddhism, both for schools and for the general reader. Clickon the titles for further information.

world phil

Large format and illustrated, academics from both the UK and the USA contribute to this introduction to philosophy from the perspective of both East and West.

It is not out of print, but used copies are available via Amazon.

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Flash editions...

Hodders have published a new range of paperback books, including new versions of some of the 'Understand...' titles in the Teach Yourself series.




Only 96 pages long, these are abridged versions of the original titles.


MudThrough Mud and Barbed Wire

The story of two two great religious thinkers who found themselves on opposite sides in the Great War, and whose experience of the battlefields shaped their thinking and their lives - Paul Tillich (a Lutheran chaplain) and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin (a Catholic stretcher-bearer).

I've self-published this title, and have made both paperback and Kindle versions available as cheaply as possible. Click the cover for more information.

philosophy for lifePhilosophy for Life

Published by Teach Yourself books, this is a substantially re-worked version of my earlier Understand Philosophy title, with an emphasis on personal relevance.

In a 'post-truth' situation, misguided by 'fake news', ethical thinking becomes ever more important. Click the cover for more information.


Ethics for lifeJust published!

Ethics for Life

The ever-popular introduction to Ethics gets a personal makeover and new sections to bring it up to date.

Click on the cover for more details and to pre-order your copy.


The Philosopher's Beach Book

beachThe Philosopher's Beach Book offers you a light but thought-provoking read any time you want to grab a few moments out of your routine and do a bit of non-routine thinking.

Thirty five questions about life and its meaning, introducing a range of philosophical ideas and thinkers. It's light enough to read on the beach, but with ideas to get you thinking.

And it's not just for holidays!

A book for free!

religion and scienceReligion and Science

Written for students taking A level examination in Religious Studies, but of general interest, Religion and Science gives an overview of the issuesthat arise in the overlap between these two aspects of life, unpicks the key arguments and sets them in an historical context.  

Issues of debate betwen religion and science can easily become polarised between a narrow scientism and a literalist and supernaturalist view of religion; hopefully, this book will present you with an attempt at careful, rational balance.

Originally published at £12.99. My Kindle edition costs only £1.85, and the whole text comes free on this site!

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buddhism'Buddhism: key ideas'

Formerly published by Hodder in their Teach Yourself series,101 Key ideas: Buddhism is now available as an e-book. It offers easy and flexible access to Buddhist idea.

'I was having trouble getting my head round many aspects of my Buddhism A-Level but as soon as I read this book it all became clear. It is a match between a dictionary and a text book, it only tells you the things you really need to know. I could not reccommend it enough to anyone who is either studying the subject or thinking of becoming a Buddhist.' (from a review on Amazon)

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... and priced at only £1.53, it just has to be a bargain!


I have two books in the Access to Religion and Philosophy series (published by Hodder Education), for those studying for AS and A2 level Religious Studies papers in the UK - An Introduction to Philosophy and Ethics and Ethical Theory. The third book shown below - Religion and Science - is now available free on this website (see above).

ethical int phil and eth science



mugAlthough words are my stock-in-trade, I find that some of my best thinking is done when walking, particularly when I get an opportunity to get out into inspiring countryside, or along a coastal path, as here at near Durdle Door in Dorset. Hence many of my ideas outlined on this website are linked to images, and the Photography section gives examples of my travel and landscape photography. There are some things that can be seen but never fully expressed. Sometimes the most important thing is just to look, with an open mind, and wait to be influenced or inspired.

The world is not what we think about, but what we live in!



'Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.'

Ecclesiastes 12:12

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They may have behaved badly, but this book will give you an introduction to the thought of some great philosophers.


Teach Yourself books, offering an introduction to each branch of philosophy...








Written with Nigel Rodgers...


Sartre? de Beauvoir? Camus? Heidegger? Kierkegaard? This book offers an introduction to existentialist ideas

... for the Curious

New audio books, from Hodder & Stoughton

with discussions chaired by Mark Vernon.


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