MST Lite Year 7-8 Units
These units are designed to get the same effect in a shorter time! Concepts are presented more simply, activities are narrowed down to a smaller range of choices, but we hope that the same atmosphere of questioning and puzzling and seeking and wondering will be nurtured. More units will be put up over 2020.
How do I know what is true?
This unit takes students through a slightly brain-spinny tour of how we decide something is true, the different types of truth we tell, and the different ways of conveying truth. It all works as an introduction to the different genres of the Bible, which uses fact truth, personal truth and story truth to convey God's word.
Is there anything God can’t do?
This unit looks at possibilities, impossibilities, and the place of choice in what is “possible”. That leads to a consideration of the limits God chose to take on through the incarnation. The whole unit links in with an optional exercise of memorising the Creed.
Is God Male?
Images of God. An introduction to the range of images used for the Christian God, to figurative language in general, and to how we might apply these insights to our burgeoning understanding of God.
MST Lite Year 9-10 Units
What’s the purpose of my life?
Philosophy and Vocation. What does it mean to have a purpose? What is the difference between something having a use and having a purpose? How have people found purpose in their lives, and what does the Christian concept of "vocation" have to say?
Is death the end?
When we surveyed a range of middle-school students, this was the question most of them wanted to discuss. It is not an easy question to talk about, but if students want to, we should try. This unit looks at different beliefs about life after death, concluding with some insights into what makes the Christian doctrine of Resurrection different, and the place of Christ in that.
What is evil? Is it anything?
What makes a particular action wrong? Is "evil" a straightforward concept? How does one person's wrong action affect others? What does the Hebrew Bible think about evil, sin and death, and what was their understanding of God's way of dealing with it? What, in turn, does that tell us about Christ's atonement?
Do I know anything or just believe?
How are knowledge, belief and faith connected? What do we really know? When do we all HAVE to believe something? When we talk about "faith" in God, what do we mean, and how does it connect with knowledge and belief?