AQA R.E Short Course: Revision Notes

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Religious Education
A drug is a substance that when absorbed into the body alters normal bodily function.
Legal drugs Illegal drugs
Paracetemol LSD (class A)
Morphine Cannabis (class C)
Spice Ecstasy (Class A)
Neurofen Cocaine (Class A)
Legal/Medically prescribed drugs...
Drugs that alter normal bodily function but is not considered a controlled substance
Depending on the drugs strength it can be bought over the counter or prescribed by a
Legal drugs can be used:
To help cure illnesses
To help relaxation
For social occasions e.g. wine
For religious use
Because of addiction
As with any drug they can be addictive and people can become dependent upon them.
There is also a risk of overdosing.
Illegal drugs...
They are a banned/controlled substance which are deemed to be very dangerous
Misuse of Drugs Act 1971 (modified on 2000)
Offences include:
Possession of illegal substances illegally
Possession of illegal substance with intent to supply
Supplying or offering to supply an illegal drug
Allowing premises to be used unlawfully for purpose of producing or supplying
illegal drugs.
Classifications of Drugs:
Class A
Class B
Class C

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As with legal drugs there is a danger of overdosing and addiction. Drug addicts usually
commit petty crime to fund purchases. It only takes one tablet to end in death.
Different types of drugs
Effects of taking drugs;
Immediate Long Term
Sickness Low blood pressure
Anxious feeling Death
Relaxation Decreased heart rate
Headaches Chest pains
Risks of taking drugs:
Some people take drugs because...…read more

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To be part of gang
Pleasant hallucinations
Drugs and the law
Class Possession Dealing
A 7 years in prison, unlimited fine or Life in prison, unlimited fine or both
B 5 years in prison, unlimited fine or 14 years in prison, unlimited fine or both
C 2 years in prison, unlimited fine or 14 years in prison, unlimited fine or both
Drugs and the Bible
-Body as temple
`Do you not know that you are Gods temple and that Gods spirit dwells…read more

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Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in me to sin, it would be better for
him to have a great milestone fastened around his neck and to be drowned in the deep
-Consequences of foolish actions
Sexual relationships,
Civil partnership- gives same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as
heterosexual couples in civil marriages
Christianity and sexuality:
-No man is to have sexual relationship with another man: `God hates that'
-God created Adam and Eve
-Homosexuality is condemned many times in…read more

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Do not be yoked together with unbelievers'
-`It is not good for a man to be alone.…read more

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So they are no longer two, but one. Man must not separate, then, what God has joined
-`Anyone who divorces his wife, except for marital unfaithfulness, causes her to
become an adulteress, and anyone who marries the divorced women commits adultery'
Monogamous Relationship- Only one partner (They shall become one flesh)
What the churches say about divorce...…read more

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In Britain it used to be a crime under the Offences against the Person Act of 1861. In
1967 it became legalised in all of UK except N.I under `The Abortion Act'
The Abortion Act
Abortion permitted under five main conditions...
1. If the mothers mental or physical health is at risk if she goes ahead with the
2. If arrival of another child may harm the mental or physical health and wellbeing
of any existing children the pregnant mother may have
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In his hand is the life of every living thing and the breath of all mankind'
`Thus says the Lord who made you who formed you from the womb and will help you'
Pro-Choice (for)
An embryo is a cluster of cells which is a Women must have safe and affordable
potential life but not an actual human terminations- instead of backstreet
being abortions
Foetus is part of women's body and does May not be able to bring up a child
not exist independently from…read more

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Palliative care Medical, emotional or spiritual care given to person
Living wills Document that sets out a patient's wishes regarding how
they want to be treated if they become seriously ill
Why may people want euthanasia?
1. The loss of quality of life
2. Psychological reasons- depression, fear and loss
Euthanasia and the law
In Britain euthanasia is illegal- in Switzerland and the Netherlands euthanasia is legal.
Assisting in euthanasia can bear the imprisonment of 14 years in prison
UK law allows doctors to...…read more

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Good palliative care could be enough to prevent a person feeling any need to
contemplate euthanasia
Cicely Saunders said: `I have seen people achieve so much in the ending of their lives-
times that their families would have missed'
Hospices are set up to provide palliative, a hospice...
Is a place where the physical, social, psychological and spiritual needs of
patients, their family and friends are met
Is a place where patients can garden, write, talk etc.…read more


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