Anscombe Bioethics
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Bioethics Centre
The Anscombe Bioethics Centre runs a range of educational outreach initiatives for students from lower sixth form through to postgraduate level and for the general public. This includes the Centre's own events, presentations and guest lectures at external events, schools and other academic institutions, training in healthcare ethics for medical professionals and students, and the production of educational resources. These are tailored to suit the specific needs of different groups.

Please contact our Education and Research Officer, Michael Wee, on if you would like more information about the Centre's educational work or if you would like a member of staff to speak at your event/institution.

Please also see the "News and Events" section for events in your area.

Photo of the book Thinking Christian Ethos by David Albert Jones and Stephen Barrie

Thinking Christian Ethos: The Meaning of Catholic Education
David Albert Jones and Stephen Barrie

This book, co-written by the director of the Anscombe Bioethics Centre and the Centre's former education officer, is about the meaning of Catholic education. It seeks to answer the question, "What should a Catholic school look like?". It is a book not only for practising Roman Catholics but is a resource for anyone who wishes to explore how education is to be understood from a Christian perspective, and how a school's Christian ethos can shape the teaching of the various subjects across the curriculum.

Some key topics of the book are:

- Why the virtues lie at the heart of education
- What Christianity has contributed to Western culture, science and the arts
- What the Christian intellectual tradition can contribute to education and school life
- How a tolerant form of secularism can support faith schools
- Ways to find inspiration from a Christian ethos across the curriculum
- An excellent introduction for new teachers and new governors

Click here to find out more about the book and how to purchase it.


'This text is to be warmly welcomed at a time when there is significant debate about the place of Church schools and religious education in society. It can help clarify prejudices and misunderstandings about Catholic education. It will be a rich resource for parents, teachers and governors as well as all others interested in the "heart-beat" of Catholic schools. Complex thought is summarised in an accessible way which can assist leaders to reflect on how to deepen Catholic identity by better understanding human flourishing, the virtues, revelation and God's grace perfecting nature. It invites prayerful reflection.'
HE Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster

'This is an extremely clear and well written resource that has helped me to understand the issues afresh. Many of the chapters serve as excellent resources for my A level pupils (Virtue Ethics) and I am most grateful for the excellent way it has been laid out as well. First rate job!'
Patrick Fleischer Head of RE at the Cardinal Vaughn School

'An informative, challenging and accessible text which elegantly elucidates the purpose and meaning of Catholic education. It is all the better for rooting itself not only within the theological tradition but also societal and contemporary mores, raising questions and engaging its audience in a manner which ensures this book won't remain on the shelf.'
Dr Maureen Glackin, Head of the School of Education, Theology & Leadership, St Mary's University, Twickenham

6th Form RE Conference

This cross curricular (AQA, OCR, Edexcel) conference for sixth formers will focus on Natural Law, Virtue, and applying ethical theory to cases. Take-home materials/handouts will be available.

In parallel with one conference session, RE/Philosophy staff will have the opportunity to join a masterclass with Professor John Finnis FBA and Professor David Albert Jones.

Friday, 13 February 2015
St Gregory the Great Catholic School, Oxford OX4 3DR

Keynote and Teachers' workshop:
Natural Law with Professor John Finnis

Sessions on:
Virtue Ethics with Professor David Albert Jones
Applied Ethics with Dr Helen Watt and Mr Stephen Barrie