Religion and Equality

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Religion & Equality Independent Project
1-What is a very general answer to why people are viewed equally? Consider how we
were created and The Great Commandment and The Golden Rule.
Most people would say that because we all derive from the same species, we are all equal
because there isn't anyone who is different to us. We all have families and friends which
connects us and shows that we are no different to one another.
In the Creation story God made us all in his image so we are all a reflection of God which is
something sacred whereas animals are not. Also, `male and female he created them'
enforces the idea that God created us equally with the same amount of dedication. We
all have `Sanctity of Life' which means that our `body is a temple' and we should care for it
and that of others.
The Great Commandment states, "Thou shall love thy neighbour as yourself". This tells us
that we should treat peopleas we would expect them to treat us.The Golden Rule
reinforces this: One should treat others as one would like to be treated. This as the
Golden Commandment means that we should remember about empathy and how what
we do will affect the other person and therefore whether we would want it happening to
1-The Parable of The Good Samaritan:
-A Jewish man is beaten up by thugs whilst travelling to Jericho.
-Then a priest passes and ignores his moral duty to help the man and simply
leaves him there on the road.
-A Levite, who too is morally obliged to help,does the same as the priest and walks
A Samaritan (who is despised by Jews) sees the man and helps him to recover and
pays for his stay at an inn.
What is its significance for racism? :
Jesus was a victim of both religious and racial discrimination. At this point in time Jews
were despised by the Gentiles (anyone not Jewish) ­in return Jews hated other races.
Jesus challenged the prejudices of his day. Samaritans were an immigrant community
with their own distinctive faith. There was strong tension between the two communities.
Therefore, Jesus chose to use the Parable of the Good Samaritan to highlight who a
good neighbour was and what made him a good neighbour. The parable teaches not to
discriminate those you consider to be inferior to you and a group of people you segregate
because after all they are people too.

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2-How did Jesus treat other people? :
Jesus illustrated his principles of courtesy and respect to other when he stopped at a
Samaritan village and talked to Samaritan woman. When Jesus approached the woman
she was rude to him because of his race and his religion. However, Jesus did not reply as
perhaps was common for a Jew to talk to a Samaritan, he instead showed respect and
kindness to someone who at this instance was not.…read more

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The Slave Trade:
Between 1500-1800 there were 9-12 million Africans enslaved.
African slavery existed before the Triangular slave trade.
Middle Passage: 6 weeks to 3 months long.
Terrifying experience because they had never seen "white" people before and didn't
fully understand at first what was going on.
Many slave owners used female slaves as a "bed warmer" and would often rape them.
They would receive harsh punishments e.g. thumbscrews, beating, whipping.…read more

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Martin L King led the Montgomery bus boycott when a pregnant schoolgirl (Rosa Parks)
refused to give up her seat on a bus, defying Jim Crow Laws, as she was an African
King was arrested but there was a good outcome as a court ended racial segregation
on Montgomery public buses after 385 days.…read more

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6- Why are some Christians in favour of having female priests?
Some believed that it was necessary to modernise the Church and try to reengage with
people once more and the development of women's status in society. Those who argue
that Jesus chose 12 male disciples, can be overturned with the argument that he simply
chose men because that was the norm and would have chosen female apostles too, if he
had lived today.…read more

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5-Why has the Catholic Church has been condemned for their actions during the
Soon after the Nazis took control over Germany in 1933, the Catholic Church signed a
Concordat (agreement). This agreement meant that the Vatican would acknowledge
the Nazi government as long as the Nazis wouldn't interfere with the Catholic Church.
Throughout the war the Church did not protest any of the anti-semitic policies
introduced.…read more

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"If we love our neighbour, surely we want them to go to Heaven-so we must
convert them?"
Quotes/ideas for Pluralism:
Christianity has the truth about God, according to the Bible, however other
religions, such as Judaism can also contact God.
Quotes/ ideas for Incluvism:
The Bible may not be the whole truth of God.
Britain is a multi-cultural society.…read more

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On the other hand, modern missionary workers are prioritising aid in developing countries
by following the example of Christ in their work. They see the need of others rather than
forcing to reject their own culture and religion.
1-What is forgiveness?
To let go of the anger for someone who has done wrong. Christians believe that
forgiveness comes from love.…read more

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Eventually the King heard of the ungrateful servants actions and consequently
tortured him until he repaid what he owed.
The Importance of this Parable:
10,000 talents is a lot of money to pay, which illustrates that our debt to God is an
amount no one we could ever pay off.
Hell which is represented by the prisonlasts for eternity.
The unforgiving servant sent the other servant to prison where he could never pay
the debt.…read more


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