the Star Course - now OpenSource

A series of talks and active discussions for people who want to explore the Christian faith  and make their own decisions

On this site you will find:
NEW - Starcourse Blog
  Leading Scientists on Science & Religion
John Polkinghorne FRS
Lucas' Theorem
Information on Information on the Star Coursethe Star Course
 Spong Debate
  Post-Secular Philosophy
 The Burgess Shale - by a Real expert
Bibliography on Science & Religion

Euthanasia - Heath & Holism
Links on Faith and Health

The Worshipful Company of Information Technologists
  WCIT Colloquium on 
Ethical & Spiritual Implications
of the new IT & Telecoms Environment

We won this award for Sept 98. Click for
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Rated 5* by scholzone's expert teachers
Alton Abbey
Alton Abbey - a wonderful place of prayer and reflection
Dom Nicholas on Jane Austen

Discourses by Bishop Richard Chartres
Bishop of London
Bishop Richard Chartres - Bishop of London
 on the Trinity 
 on IT/Communications 
on the future of the City

 Basic Questions:

  • What is the point of life?
  • What happens when we die?
  • What relevance does Jesus have for our lives today?
  • How do we deal with guilt?
If you would like to explore any of these questions, then Star is for you. 
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BTW Feel free to use either GIF to link to Star.  The one above is by  Gloriana.

Front page last updated 25 May 02 - individual parts of the site are updated more frequently!

What is Star?

Star is for:

Sharing - we begin with a shared meal and we continue sharing points of view and experiences. There is plenty of fun and laughter - it is great opportunity to get to know each other and make new friends.

Talks in which the Christian faith is clearly explained. Star is devised and run by lay people, but each talk has been 'reviewed' by clergy including three Bishops: David Hope (Now Archbishop of York) Geoffrey Rowell (Basingstoke) and Lindsay Urwin (Horsham).

Active discussion after each talk. No question is too simple or too hostile. Everyone's point of view is respected.

Reflection. The talks are spread over 9 weeks, everyone has time to think. There is no pressure on people to come to more than one talk: the emphasis is on people making their own minds up about the Christian faith.

What people say about Star



Typical reactions from participants, asked if they would recommend it to others, are:
I would recommend it for 'helpers' as well as 'learners' because of a good mixture of informality and sound teaching.

Absolutely. The course is a wonderful way to meet nice people. I always felt a certain joyous feeling at the end of the night & of course a great way to learn something about Christianity.

Yes. It's fun, it's social, it's relaxing, absorbing, informative, invigorating & it's a commitment which can become a way of life!

Yes Definitely. Because there was no pressure to believe, belong. There was a great sense of freedom - to investigate, to question, to consider. ... the information was clear & easy to understand.

Yes, definitely - because of the clarity of content for any person wishing to explore, question or ascertain the Christian faith.

Most certainly. I only wish it had happened years ago.

I already do.

What is Star?
What are the Talks?
Who is it for?
How can I get the Talks?
Other Information

How can I get the talks?

Some talks are on the web in HTML format.  The others can be downloaded freely under 'copyleft' terms. Click here to go to the downloads page.

Copyright Notice

© 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002 Nicholas Beale  - Available under free 'Copyleft' terms. Email with any comments to