Familys and Relationships

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  • Relationships and Familys
    • Christians and Sexuality
      • Christians believe sex is a gift from God which should be enjoyed but also controlled
      • God’s plan was that woman and man should be united together and increase in number
      • Loving your neighbour means showing compassion to fellow humans
      • Marriage is a lifelong union which lasts “til death do us part”. For Roman Catholics it is a sacrament, which is blessed by God which reflects the sacrificial love of Jesus
      • Children should respect their parents and parents should love, care for and raise children
    • Key Words
      • Adultery: A sexual relationship with someone you are not married to
      • Annulment: The cancellation of a marriage
      • Civil Marriage: Non-religious marriage ceremony
      • Celibacy/ Chastity: Not having sexual relations; to be celibate/ to be chaste.
      • Cohabitation Living together as a couple before marriage.
      • Contraception:  Precautions taken to prevent pregnancy, and to protect against sexually transmitted infections e.g. condoms.
      • Covenant: An agreement based on promises between two sides; in religion this word is often used when a contract has been formed between you and God as in marriage.
      • Divorce: Legal dissolution (ending) of a marriage
      • Extended family: This is the nuclear family plus other relatives, usually grandparents, living with the family, but can also include cousins, uncles and aunts
      • Family planning: The planning of when to have a family using birth control/contraceptives
      • Fornication: Sexual relationships between people not married to one and other.
      • Gender prejudice: Unfairly judging someone before the facts are known, having or holding biased or unfounded opinions and attitudes about an individual or group because of their gender.
      • Gender discrimination: Acting on prejudices against someone because of their gender
      • Heterosexual: Someone physically attracted to the opposite sex
      • Homosexual: Someone physically attracted to the same sex
      • Human sexuality : How people express themselves as sexual beings. This includes but is not restricted to the sex of the people they are attracted to.
      • Marriage : A legal union between two people. In the U.K. this can be between people of different or the same sexes.
      • Nuclear family: Mum, dad and children
      • Procreation: The biological process of a couple producing children
      • Remarriage: Marriage a second time after divorce (not usually to the person originally divorced from)
      • Sexual Stereotyping: Having a fixed general idea of how men and women behave or should behave.
      • Sex before marriage: Sexual relations prior to being married
      • Vows: Promises made in a wedding ceremony
    • Sex outside of marraige
      • Catholics: Sex should be within marriage. Sex should be unitive (bring the couple together) and creative (open to the possibility of children.)
      • Evangelical Protestants: Believe sex should be within marriage. They strongly oppose homosexuality.
      • Liberal Protestants: Believe sex should occur within committed and trusting relationships but are open to the idea of sex outside marriage.


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