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  • Ethics-18th May
    • Religion & Animal rights
      • Christians believe that humans are in charge: 'Humans have domininion over animals'
        • 'Let us make human beings and let them rule over...every living thing'
      • Christians say we should take care of all animals: 'Whoever is righteous has regard for its beast'
        • 'Yet not one sparrow is forgotten by God'
        • Christians believe that humans are in charge: 'Humans have domininion over animals'
          • 'Let us make human beings and let them rule over...every living thing'
      • Buddhists believe that animals should be respected since they are part of the cycle of samsara.
        • The first moral precept states that we 'should not harm any living thing'. If we do, we have bad karma and a negative rebirth.
          • The 5 precepts are to abstain from:
            • taking what is not freely given
            • harm life (ahimsa)
            • misusing the senses
            • intoxicants that cloud the mind
            • wrong speech
        • We would be harming relatives from a past life if we harm animals
    • Religion & Planet Earth
      • Christians believe in stewardship which means looking after the planet on behalf of God. Humans are God's stewards because God told them to guard and cultivate the earth.
      • Christians feel a sense of awe and wonder about the natural world.
        • Awe means a feeling of amazement.
        • Wonder means questioning how something so beautiful could exist.
      • 'God saw all that He had made and it was good'.
      • Buddhists believe that harming the planet is wrong and brings about bad karma.
        • The Eightfold path is the path to enlightenment according to Buddhists. By following the path, they can also reduce the amount of suffering in the world.
        • There is no Buddhist creation story since they say that you could think about it for a lifetime and never reach an answer.
    • Religion & Early Life
      • 'Thou shalt not kill'
      • Christians believe that life begins at conception.
      • SANCTITY OF LIFE
        • The belief that all life is sacred and God gave us all life, giving no one the right to take it away.
        • People are made in God's image
      • 'Be fruitful and multiply'
      • Christians believe that babies are a miracle and a gift from God. Abortion is ok if the mother's life is in danger.
      • Buddhists believe that life has already begun and that the soul is reincarnated into another body if the baby is aborted. However, abortion is possible bad karma.
    • Religion & War and Peace
      • 'Blessed are the peacemakers'-Matthew 5:9
      • 'Love thy neighbour'
      • 'Do not kill'
      • War is only acceptable if it is a just war, according to Christians.
      • Buddhists are pacifists and believe that war goes against the forsts mortal preceprt. They may fight in self defence though.
    • KEY RELIGIOUS IDEAS
      • BUDDHISM
        • The Buddha taught about kindness and right mindfulness (eightfold path)
        • Buddhists are pacifists.
          • Pacifism is the belief that any violence, including war, is unjustifiable under any circumstances, and that all disputes should be settled by peaceful means.
      • CHRISTIANITY
        • Jesus taught about love,kindness and respect.
          • 'Love thy neigbour'
        • The golden rule is to treat others as you would like to be treated.

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