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New online tool highlights religious debate

Students and teachers of religion, ethics, philosophy and politics all have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to a brand new website for the Westminster Faith Debates ...

Students and teachers of religion, ethics, philosophy and politics all have a new tool at their disposal, thanks to a brand new website for the Westminster Faith Debates which, since its launch, has placed religious debate at the centre of social dialogue.

Designed and built by Lancaster-based web agency NuBlue for long-standing client, Professor Linda Woodhead MBE of Lancaster University, the website features high profile debates on a wide range of religious topics.

Religious, political and education topics such as Do Christians Really Oppose Gay Marriage?, Stem Cell and Abortion and Sexualisation of Society are covered and debated by leading religious and public figures such as Tony Blair, David Blunkett, Shirley Williams, Delia Smith and the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. 

The full range of debates from now until 2015 can be seen at www.faithdebates.org

Taking religious debate to the highest level, the website draws attention to upcoming debates, while also housing past debates, podcasts and PDF downloads. The programme aims to improve the way religion is understood and dealt with by politicians and public figures, while bringing the findings of recent research to a much wider audience.

The information is marshalled through a clear format, which makes it simple to trace all aspects of a debate and others on similar themes, as well as finding the profiles of all speakers who took part in a specific discussion. Speaker biographies are included within the site, which went live at the end of October 2013.

NuBlue’s Agency Manager, Matt Hutchinson, says: “As a web agency specialising in the education sector, it is always exciting to work on a project which you know is genuinely important. The Westminster Faith Debates website is taking big issues relating to faith to the highest levels of public debate. 

"The online work we have carried out has allowed this project to be broadcast end engaged with globally, which is giving a huge platform for each individual debate, as it is attracting a worldwide audience.”

The site is likely to attract not just students, teachers and lecturers, but also those representing different faiths, politicians, social commentators, journalists and writers, as well as those interested in debates and social change in Britain in a tough economic climate.

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