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GCSE Full Course Religion and Medicine
Christianity ­ humans are made in the
image of God, therefore human life is
precious.
God created humankind so all life should be
valued.
Life is sacred, only God can create life and
only he can take it away.
Christians believe life is a gift from God
and we should try to preserve it.…read more

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The "quality of life" is more important than the
"sanctity of life".…read more

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Agree:
A religious believer might hold that in some
cases ending suffering is more important than
preserving life.
If someone is in a persistent vegetative state,
they will not be able to move, talk, or even
think for the rest of their lives. A religious
person might believe that permitting such a
person to live would be an act of cruelty.
Disagree:
In Christianity it states that life is precious, and
belongs to God.…read more

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GCSE Full Course Religion and Medicine
"Are doctors playing God with patient's lives?"
6 mark question (AO1)…read more

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GCSE Full Course Religion and Medicine
Christianity
Doctors make a promise, such as that in the Hippocratic
Oath to do their best to preserve life
To respect the dignity of patients
Scientific advancements mean humans are required to
make life and death decisions that didn't exist in the
past.
Some Christians are uncomfortable and opposed to the
idea of `playing God'. God created life and only he can
take it away.…read more

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"We must always follow the laws of our religion
or country when making ethical decisions (AO2
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Christianity ­ Medical ethics concern themselves usually with life and death
decisions, Medical science has developed rapidly and today it is possible to
cure or help people that would not have been possible at one time. But such
advances also bring dilemmas. Generally Christians follow their teachings,
some believe that
· Any type of intervention goes against God's plan.
· Its playing God
· Interfering with nature.…read more

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GCSE Full Course Religion and Medicine
"Explain the teachings from two religious
traditions about abortion"
(AO1 6 mark question)
Christian
Christians have different views on abortion. Some protestants allow it
depending on the circumstances (eg disability or to save the mother's life),
Roman Catholics don't.
Roman Catholic Christians are not allowed abortions under any
circumstance, because they believe all life is a gift from God, so should be
preserved.…read more

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GCSE Full Course Religion and Medicine
allow an abortion for social reasons, but would allow it if it was a choice
between the mother's health and the birth of the child.
Hinduism
Most Hindus are against abortion except to save the mother's life
Hindu texts are strongly opposed to abortion
Most Hindus see abortion as a breach of the duty to produce children
Abortions in India take place because of the cultural preference for sons.…read more

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