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Christian Perspectives
Birth and Death
Key topics:
Contraception
IVF
Abortion
Euthanasia
Suicide
Key teachings:
Genesis 1:26 `Let us make man in our own image.'
Job 1:21 `The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be praised'
Jeremiah 1:5 `I knew you before I…

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Husbands and wives
Children and parents
Extended family/care for relatives
Roles within the family
Divorce
Key facts:
45% of marriages in the UK end in divorce
40% of all marriages involve at least 1 person who is on their second marriage
71% of all British families have a marries couple…

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o Catholics consider the primary function of the family to be bringing up children
o Most Protestants consider husband and wife to be equal but would be opposed to government
ambitions to get parents back into employment soon after the birth of children. Active
parenting
o Fundamentalists consider husbands are…

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The work of famous Christians against discrimination
Key teachings:
Genesis 1:27 `God made man in his own image, male and female he created them'
Ephesians 5:22 `Wives submit to your husbands in everything'
Ephesians 5:28 `Love your wife as you love yourself'
John 20:10, Mary Magdalene is the first witness…

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o For many churches there is a tension between being honest about what is considered `sinful'
and being inclusive, e.g. gays
o Metropolitan community church is famous for being welcoming to LBBTs.
o Catholic church is famous for being opposed to homosexuality yet many of its training
institutions have reputations…

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Exodus 15:3 `The Lord is a warrior, the LORD is his name'
Micah 4:1-4 `A time for peace is coming...' Jews say that time hasn't arrived, Christians say it arrived
with Christ, `They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears into pruning hooks. Nation
will not take up…

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Terry Waite was the Archbishop of Canterbury's envoy for Lebanon, and was held captive between
1987 and 1991




Christian Responsibility for the Poor
Key topics:
Work of Churches
CAFOD/Christian Aid/Tearfund
Local and personal responses
Causes of poverty
Biblical concept of justice
Key teachings:
Matthew 5:3 `Blessed are the poor, for…

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Amos 8:4-12, God will punish those who `trample the needy' and `will never forget anything they have
done.'
Matthew 25:31-46, parable of the sheep and the goats, Jesus threatens that those whose faith does
not produce actions will face God's wrath
o Verse 45 `Whatever you did not do for…

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Christian Responsibility for the Planet
Key topics:
Stewardship
God's ownership of the planet
Role of humanity
Environmental concerns
Key teachings:
Psalm 24:1 `The earth is the LORD's and everything in it.'
James 1:17 `Every good and perfect gift is from above.'
Psalm 19:1 `The heavens declare the glory of God;…

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has down with his talents. The servant who did not use the money wisely and make a profit he throws
out, into hell. Everyone is held accountable to God for how they have used what he had given them.
Key perspectives:
Methodist church published a report in 2007, entitled "Caring…

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