AQA RS A GCSE- Short Course - Christian Ethics - Basic facts

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Family and the Elderly
1. A Christian family should be based on agape and philos ­ unconditional love of family: "Anyone who is angry with
his brother will be subject to judgment"
2. The Bible teaches that the family is the best place to have and bring up children: "Be fruitful and multiply"
3. The family is where children learn morals and discipline: "Discipline you son, and he will give you peace"
4. Some Christians believe the man should be the head of the family: "For the husband is the head of the wife, as
Christ is the head of the church"
5. Other Christians believe men and women should be equal: "There is neither male nor female, as all are one in
Christ Jesus"
6. Women should be valued for their special gifts: "A woman of noble character is worth more than rubies"
7. Children have a responsibility to respect their parents: "Honour your father and mother"
8. Elderly members of a family need special care: "Whoever does not care for his relatives is worse than an
9. Parents should also support and respect their children: "Parents, do not irritate your children, or they will
become discouraged"
10. Some Christians choose to serve the religious family in a role as a priest or nun or monk: "Whoever does God's will
is my brother and sister and mother"

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Sanctity of life
1. Christians believe that life is sacred as God created humans in His images: "So God created man in His image; male
and female He created them"
2. Christians believe that everyone has a part of God in them "Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit"
3. Taking life is always wrong: "You shall not kill"
4. Christians believe by taking life you are rejecting Christ's sacrifice: "God so loved the world that He gave His only
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Fertility Treatments
1. The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act of 1990 oversees all of these procedures
2. Artificial insemination is sperm medically inserted into the vagina to assist pregnancy
3. Artificial insemination by the husband (AIH) is when a woman is made pregnant by her husband by inseminating
herself with his sperm
4. Artificial insemination by a donor (AID) is when a woman is made pregnant by the sperm of a man other than her
partner by inseminating herself with his sperm
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1. Abortion is the deliberate killing of the embryo in the womb and its expulsion
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1. Euthanasia literally means good or gentle death and it is where someone assists a terminally ill person to die.
2. Voluntary Euthanasia is where a person who is terminally ill asks someone to help them to die e.g. Diane Pretty
3. Involuntary euthanasia is when a person's wishes cannot be given e.g. they are in a coma and a decision is taken
for them to end their life. E.g. Tony Bland, who was in a coma after the Hillsborough football disaster
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Genetic Engineering
1. Genetic engineering is the term given to processes which involve manipulation of genes, such as cloning; gene
therapy and designer babies/saviour siblings
2. The Human fertilisation and embryology act of 1990 allows embryos to be experimented on until 14 days old
3. A hybrid embryo is a mixture of human and animal tissue, used to cure diseases such as Parkinson's
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1. Justice means to bring about what is right and fair, according to the law, or making up a wrong that has been
2. Less economically developed country (LEDC) means a developing nation or what used to be termed "third
3. Charity means 1) voluntarily giving help 2) an organisation to help those in need 3) Christian love for the needy
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1. Stewardship is the belief that believers have a duty to look after the environment on behalf of God
2. Natural resources are part of the environment that are often abused by humans e.g. water, minerals
3. Natural habitats are places where species of plant or animal live in the wild
4. Climate change is changes to climate caused by human lifestyles, believed by some scientists to be irreparably
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How Christians can put their faith in action
C.A.M.P.A.I.G.N.…read more

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Needy ­ visit the sick and those in need…read more


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