TED talks on faith

TED talks on faith

 
These TED talks on faith contain a huge range of ideas on this way of knowing, which we have made more accessible by formulating questions and suggested activities. The resource is aimed primarily at TOK teachers, but it can be used by anyone who wishes to explore the nature of their subject, and ensure that the delivery of the Diploma is as integrated as possible.

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The talks can be viewed directly on this page by clicking on the images below, or you can watch them on the TED site by clicking on the numbered titles. Each talk comes with a set of questions presented on a Word document; these can be downloaded by following the link beneath each talk. For the teacher materials (including an overview of all the talks, and suggested responses to the questions), visit the TED companion page.
 
 

1. The doubt essential to faith

Lesley Hazleton, 2013, 13.45 ★ESSENTIAL TALK★

ABOUT LESLEY HAZLETON

Lesley Hazleton trained as a psychologist before becoming a reporter in the Middle East. She has written extensively on the nature and history of Islam, and the difference in terms of its reality, and how it is perceived.

WHY IS THIS TALK WORTH WATCHING?

We often think of faith as being somehow fanatical and unquestioning, but as Hazleton points out, doubt is a key component of this way of knowing, prompting us to question our whole understanding of the nature of faith.

QUESTIONS ON THE TALK

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2. Why would God create a Tsunami?

Tom Honey, 2005, 19.36

ABOUT TOM HONEY

Tom Honey is the Canon Pastor of Exeter Cathedral. He is someone who is keen to explore the more difficult questions associated with religion and faith, such as the nature of God and the relationship humans have with God.

WHY IS THIS TALK WORTH WATCHING?

One of the biggest questions we ask about religion, which makes many people doubt the whole nature of faith, is why an all-powerful creator being would allow terrible things to happen in the world. Tom Honey addresses this question from an insider’s perspective.

QUESTIONS ON THE TALK

Download here