Keywords for Religion & Life and Religion & Society, Edexcel.

A list of all of the keywords and definitions needed for the Edexcel courses in Religion & Life and Religion & Society, as follows;

Religion & Life

  1. Section 1.1 - Believing in God
  2. Section 1.2 - Matters of life and death
  3. Section 1.3 - Marriage and family life
  4. Section 1.4 - Religion and community cohesion

Religion & Society

  1. Section 1.1 - Rights and responsibilities
  2. Section 1.2 - Environmental and medical issues
  3. Section 1.3 - Peace and conflict
  4. Section 1.4 - Crime and punishment

Hope that helps, good luck for the exam! :)

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Section 1.1 ­ Believing in God
Agnosticism Not being sure whether God exists.
Atheism Believing that God does not exist.
Conversion When your life is changed by giving yourself to God.
Free will The idea that human beings are free to make their own decisions.
Miracle An event that seems to break a law of science and makes you think that only
God could have done it.
Moral evil Actions done by humans that cause suffering.…read more

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Section 1.2 ­ Matters of life and death
Abortion The removal of a foetus from the womb by operation, before it can survive.
Assisted suicide Providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.
Euthanasia The painless killing of someone who is dying from a painful disease.
Immortality The idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.
of the soul
Near-death When somebody who is about to die has an out-of-body experience.…read more

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Section 1.3 ­ Marriage and family life
Adultery A sexual act between a married person and someone other than their
marriage partner.
Civil partnership A legal ceremony that gives homosexual couples the same legal rights as a
husband and wife.
Cohabitation Living together without being married.
Contraception Intentionally preventing pregnancy from occurring.
Faithfulness Staying with your marriage partner and having sex with only them.
Homosexuality Sexual attraction to the same sex.
Nuclear family A mother, father and children living together as a unit.…read more

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Section 1.4 ­ Religion and community cohesion
Community cohesion A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in a society.
Discrimination Treating people less favourably because of their ethnicity, gender, colour,
age, class or sexuality.
Ethnic minority A member of an ethnic group (race) that is much smaller than the
majority group.
Interfaith marriages Marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions.
Multi-ethnic society Many different races and cultures living together in one society.…read more

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Section 1.1 ­ Rights and responsibilities
Bible The holy book of Christians.
Church The community of Christians, or (with a small c) a Christian place of worship.
Conscience An inner feeling of the rightness or wrongness of an action.
The Decalogue The Ten Commandments.
Democratic processes The ways in which all citizens can take part in government, usually through
elections.
Electoral processes The ways in which voting is organised.…read more

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Section 1.2 ­ Environmental and medical issues
Artificial insemination Injecting semen into the uterus by artificial means.
Conservation Protecting and preserving natural resources and the environment.
Creation The act of creating the universe, or the universe that has been created.
Embryo A fertilised egg in the first eight weeks after conception.
Environment The surroundings in which plants and animals live, and on which they
depend to live.
Global warming The increase in temperature of the Earth's atmosphere, thought to be
caused by the greenhouse effect.…read more

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Section 1.4 ­ Crime and punishment
Addiction A recurring compulsion to engage in an activity, regardless of its bad effects.
Capital punishment The death penalty for a crime or offence.
Crime An act against the law.
Deterrence The idea that punishments should be of such a nature that they put people
off (i.e. deter them from) committing crimes.
Judgement The act of judging people and their actions.
Justice Due allocation of reward and punishment, or the maintenance of what is
right.…read more

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