For as long as humans have been living on this planet, religion has been a feature of their lives. There is no known culture (for which we have any kind of archeological evidence) that does not have some form of religion. Even in the increasingly secular, (non-religious) society that we currently experience in the UK, many people still express interest in ‘spirituality’, ‘belief systems’ or ‘alternate universes’. It seems that technology and our less stressful lives have not replaced or removed the need to find meaning in an existence beyond this physical world. 

Religions vary in form, style and size. Some are small ‘cults’ numbering a few hundred people, others are worldwide organisations numbering millions of adherents. Some, like Buddhism, take the view that salvation (being saved in some form) is entirely in your own hands, whereas others, like Judaism or Christianity see spiritual rescue as more of a collective activity through the performing of certain rituals in public. Some believe in a single, all-powerful God, others like Hinduism or Shinto have a pantheon of greater or lesser gods; a few do not believe in any kind of god at all, as is arguably the case with Buddhism. 

At Henlow we encourage our students to enquire and engage with a range of perspectives on culture, religion and worldviews. In doing so we hope they will become better informed and develop a wide range of analytical skills.

Key Staff
Mr Taylor
Head of RE
Miss Smithen
RE Teacher