The RS department has been fortunate this term to welcome speakers who have added enrichment to community life and to RS lessons. The Reverend Anthony Perry of St Mary’s Church in Bearwood led our Harvest assembly from a platform filled with gifts which will be distributed to those in need through a local Christian-run food bank. Reverend Perry based his talk on ‘Artificial Intelligence’ and the quest to create the perfect robot. He observed that Isaac Asimov’s Three Laws of Robotics suggested that the perfect robot must be designed so as never to injure or bring harm to a human. Reverend Perry challenged the girls to change the world by acting in ways which do not bring harm to others. In the words of Martin Luther King: “We must live together as brothers and sisters or perish together as fools”. Thank you to everyone who donated food.
Reverend Perry went on to lead lessons on ‘Christian responses to the Ultimate Questions of life’, ‘Christian views of Abortion and Euthanasia’ and ‘Christian views of the Nature of human life’.
John Edwards of Birmingham Humanists also delivered a thought provoking lesson to Upper Sixth A Level RS students on the theme of secular views of the Nature and Value of human life. John endorsed the secular materialist view of humans citing the biological imperative and encouraged students to live well for themselves and others, carpe diem – to ‘seize the day’ as this life is our only opportunity for ‘self-actualisation’.
As a community, we benefit enormously from the stimulus of exposure to challenging thinking.