Sixth Form student Maddy Compton’s essay, which answered the question, ‘Would the world be better off without religion?’, has been commended as ‘unique among the submissions’ by Head of Faculty at Exeter University, Professor Morwenna Ludlow.

A runner-up in the university’s prestigious Theology and Religion essay competition, the panel wrote to Maddy to tell her they were impressed by her focus on women’s lived experiences and approach to the question.

“You showed a clear ability to see another side of the question – shown in your subtle discussion of veiling. We especially liked your point that it is not just individual bible verses or stories that have harmed women, but deeper cultural symbols. Your passion for this topic and the importance it has in today’s world really shone through,” they said.
“We’re really proud of Maddy for using her time so positively in lockdown to enter the competition and for putting together such an interesting essay,” added Mrs Kate Beresford-Miller, Head of Religious Studies.

Well done, Maddy!


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