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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Religion & Life
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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Religion & Society
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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…

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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…

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Section 1.3 ­ Peace and conflict


Aggression Attacking without being provoked

Bullying Intimidating or frightening someone weaker than yourself

Conflict resolution Bringing a fight or struggle to a peaceful conclusion

Exploitation Taking advantage of a weaker group

Forgiveness Ceasing to blame and/or pardoning someone for what they have done
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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…

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