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RELIGIOUS EDUCATION
REVISION GUIDE

SECTION 1 BELIEVING IN GOD
KEY WORDS

Numinous the feeling you get when you are in a great cathedral or look up at the stars
and feel there is something much greater than you.
Conversion when your life is changed by giving yourself to God.
Miracle…

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It can be a more definite feeling of God's presence which makes you much more religious and
changes your life (e.g. St Paul on the road to Damascus). This is called a conversion
experience.

It can be believing that a miracle has happened e.g. when someone is cured of an…

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3. Scientific explanations of the world can lead people to become agnostic (not sure whether
God exists) or atheists (believing that God does not exist). Science now explains the world
and the universe much better than religion. Also the discoveries of astronomy and
astronauts going into space make it difficult…

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About 15 billion years ago a tremendous explosion started the expansion of the universe. This
explosion is known as the Big Bang.
At the point of this event all of the matter and energy of space was contained at one point.
What existed prior to this event is completely unknown…

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the big bang theory to unfold. A short time span will not allow for the gradual evolution of the stars
or life on Earth. 3)Missing Life: In an evolving universe, life should have developed
everywhere. Space should be filled with radio signals from intelligent life forms. Where is
everybody?
HOW…

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cause evil, at times, through the choices they make. God cannot control them and thus evil is
apparent in the world.


SECTION 2 MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH
KEY WORDS

Resurrection the belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the
world when it is raised.
Immortality…

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SOCIAL FACTS ON EUTHANASIA

Changes in medical skills and technology mean that euthanasia is now more discussed.

Lifesupport machines, new medical technology to keep handicapped babies alive, better drugs
to fight cancer, all mean that people are being kept alive by medicine ­ often in agony.

Euthanasia is illegal in…

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There is evidence of life after death from such things as neardeath experiences and the
paranormal
They believe that life after death gives life meaning and purpose.

CHRISTIAN TEACHINGS ON ABORTION

There are two different Christian teachings on abortion.

1. Roman Catholics and many Evangelical Protestants believe that abortion is…

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Muslims believe in the resurrection of the body. They believe that when people die, they stay in
the grave until the Last Day when God will bring the world to an end. Then everyone will be raised
with resurrected bodies for a final judgement. God will judge people on whether…

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NON RELIGIOUS VIEWS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH

Non religious people have the following evidence that there is life after death:
Mediums who can contact the spirit world.
Near death experiences (when a person dies and often describes seeing a bright light,
before coming back to life.
Seeing ghosts

NONBELIEF IN…

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