I was thrilled to get this feedback to one of our lectures at the ITEC conference in Melbourne, Australia.

Hello Mark,

We met at the end of the ITEC conference. I spoke to you to thank you for your ‘Cannibalism, Faith in Progress and 20th Century Mass Murder’ talk at the conference. You asked me to make contact via email – hence this email!

As I mentioned, I found your talk to be a wonderful inspiration for me as a teacher of senior Modern History. I have been challenged to completely rethink the way that I approach bringing a Christian perspective to bear when teaching the Reign of Terror to my Year 11 class. I was impacted by the discussion of the impact of Rousseau’s ideology on French thought and culture, and then on the whole of modern history into the 20th century. Your stories and humour explained so clearly how we have reached the point of believing that evil is located in other people – not in every human heart. This is a question that all students have -how can such evil happen? Where did such ideas come from? I now feel more equipped to know how to approach explaining the progression of such ideas to my students.

I have been particularly inspired to try to use such stories as a way into the ideas – as you showed can be done.

Thanks again, Mark. I pray that God will continue to inspire and use you to grow the kingdom in many ways, and to impact others to enable them to do the same.

Mark Roques
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Mark Roques

Mark taught Philosophy and Religious Education at Prior Park College, Bath, for many years. As Director of RealityBites he has developed a rich range of resources for youth workers and teachers. He has spoken at conferences in the UK, Holland, South Korea, Spain, Australia and New Zealand. Mark is a lively storyteller and the author of four books, including The Spy, the Rat and the Bed of Nails: Creative Ways of Talking about Christian Faith. His work is focused on storytelling and how this can help us to communicate the Christian faith. He has written many articles for the Baptist Times, RE Today, Youthscape, Direction magazine and the Christian Teachers Journal.