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Welsh proposals that religious studies include wider 
philosophical ideas are hardly revolutionary.

Neil Barber (Letters, 5 August) might regret what he wishes for, however. Currently, in many schools, vacuous and dull humanism is regarded as the cutting edge of teenage rebellion – despite the fact that it mirrors the views of their parents’ generation.

The counter-cultural and life-changing teachings of Christianity are regarded as the boring “official line”, because of diluted and half-hearted presentation in school assemblies and services.

Schools should indeed be places of open and stimulating debate, offering pupils the opportunity to engage with a range of world views and philosophies – not just in academic detachment, but by interacting with 
genuine proponents of diverse positions.

Richard Lucas

Broomyknowe

Edinburgh