Year 13 Philosophy
Mrs Stephens with a report on Year 13 Philosophy:
“This morning the Year 13 Philosophy students took part in a mock trial where the accused suspect was the unlikely being of God (AKA Mrs Cooper in role). God was placed on trial by the prosecution team and charged with the serious accusation of “claiming to be an omnipotent and benevolent God and yet allowing/causing the existence of evil and suffering in his creation”. The jury consisted of an unbiased team of Wellington teachers and pastoral managers.
Firstly, the prosecution team consisting of J.L Mackie, David Hume, William Rowe, an NSPCC worker and a tsunami survivor presented an extremely convincing case in order to prosecute God. It wasn’t looking good for God at this stage with these scholars and witnesses tugging on the heartstrings of the jury using examples of pointless suffering seen on a daily basis to question Gods supposed attributes.
However, the defence team consisting of St Augustine, John Hick, Richard Swinburne and A.N Whitehead fought back on Gods behalf and attempted to provide justifications to explain to the jury why God is justified in not removing evil and suffering from his creation.
At the end of the trial the jury found God to be ‘NOT GUILTY’ of the allegations charged and explained they were particularly convinced by the idea proposed by John Hick (aka Jacob Farthman) that evil and suffering were not only a necessary consequence of our Free Will but also a necessary part of Soul Making.
The defence team (Harriet Ogden, Lucie Abadi Johns, Halina Pecak, Nicole Gough, Jacob Farthman, Molly McGinley, Bethan Lamb and Rachel Whyte) won the case overall and the most convincing individual case presented was awarded to Jacob Farthman).
This year 13 group were a credit to themselves and I was extremely proud of their levels of research and preparation for the trial and their confidence and eloquence in delivering the cases.”