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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 something which seems to break a law of science and makes you think only
God could have done it.
Prayer an attempt to contact God, usually through words.
Free will the idea that human beings are free to make their own choices
Causation the idea that everything has been caused (started off) by something else.
Agnosticism not being sure whether God exists.
Atheism believing that God does not exist.
Moral evil actions done by humans, which cause suffering.
Natural evil things like earthquakes and floods, which cause suffering and have nothing
to do with humans.
Omnibenevolent the belief that God is good / kind.
Omnipotent the belief that God is allpowerful / can do anything.
Omniscient the belief that God knows everything that has happened and that is going to
happen.
RELIGIOUS UPBRINGING AND BELIEF IN GOD
If someone is brought up by religious parents, then they will believe in God from the beginning of
their life.
They will be taken to worship God with their parents they will be taught to pray to God every day
they will be expected to thank God and remember God's good gifts at various religious festivals
they are likely to go to a school where everyone believes in God and so they are expected to
believe in God. In answering questions you will need to refer to a specific religion e.g. in
Christianity you should illustrate by referring to baptism, Christmas, Easter, Sunday Schools etc.
With an upbringing like this, it is natural to believe in God, and such children will never even think
that God might not exist.
RELIGIOUS EXPERIENCE AND BELIEF IN GOD
Religious experience means the ways in which people come into direct contact with God.
It can be just a feeling you get when you are in a holy building or say your prayers, or even look up
at the stars, and feel in the presence of something greater than yourself. This is called the
numinous.
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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 incurable
disease after prayers being said for them or after something else connected with religion.
It can be having a problem answered e.g.…read more

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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 to think of anywhere could be.
4. Problems with miracles can lead people to become agnostic or atheist.…read more

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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 and is a matter of pure speculation.…read more

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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.…read more

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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 of the soul this is the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.…read more

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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 this country. It is legal in Holland. However, recent decisions by the courts
have allowed doctors to switch off lifesupport machines and stop feeding patients who are in a
persistent vegetative state.…read more

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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.
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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 they have been
good or bad Muslims the good will go to heaven forever, the bad will go to hell forever.…read more

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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 LIFE AFTER DEATH
Some people do not believe in life after death. Their reasons for this are:
There is no evidence of an after life.…read more

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