Religious Education (RE/RS): All Revision Notes

Here is a (huge) document with lots of notes for students taking the Edexcel RE Short Course exam. This will probably suit people taking the Full Course too. It involves information from all five sections: Marriage and the Family, Social Harmony, Life after Death, Believing in God, Evil and Suffering. It covers Christianity and Islam. I hope this helps you to revise! Please rate and comment on how to improve :D

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  • Created on: 30-03-10 15:47

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Re-constituted family = where two sets of children (stepbrothers and
sister) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other

The sanctity of life = that all life is holy and sacred, it is a gift from God
and only God has the right to give life or…

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Purpose = reason for which something is done or exists

Meaning = intend to convey meaning or express sense of significance

Agnosticism = not being sure whether or not God exists

Moral evil = actions done by humans that cause suffering

Natural evil = things that cause suffering, but have…

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Racial harmony = different races living together in peace

Sexism = discrimination on the grounds of gender. The attitude that one
sex (usually men) is better than the other (usually women). This stems
from sexual stereotyping.

Religious Pluralism = many different religions living together in one

Stereotype = to…

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One parent family = where only one of the parents is bringing up the
children (this could be due to separation, divorce, death of marriage
partner or unmarried parent


Reasons for a Christian marriage:
So that couples can have a life long relationship of love and
So that…

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Traditions in the Marriage ceremony (Islam):
Groom gives a gift to the bride (Mahr)
Read passages from the Quran
Both sign a contract in front of at least two witnesses
Prayers for the future of the marriage and the gift of children,
given by the imam.

Sex outside Marriage


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Christian attitude to pre-marital sex:
Completely wrong because:
Sex was given to humans by God for the procreation of children so
it must take place within a married family
The bible says that fornication (pre-marital sex and promiscuity) is
All the churches teach that pre-marital sex is wrong…

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3 month period of waiting (Iddah)
Couple reconsider their position
Stay in the same home, no physical contact
Financial duties for women must be met
If it was the husband who applied for a divorce, he must announce
it 3 times during iddah

Step 2:
Extended family get involved

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Not allowed except for an annulment

Protestant/orthodox attitudes:
Allowed if the priest agrees to it
Sometimes asked to show facts of why the previous marriage

Church of England attitudes:
Up to individual priests whether to remarry a couple

How Christians can affair proof their marriage

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Why family life has changed in the UK:
More mothers are in paid employment and use grandparents to
look after children (extended family)
More divorces so more single parents
Cohabiting parents are having children as don't have to get
There are more reconstituted families as people divorce and

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People getting pregnant at a young age
People get married for the wrong reasons e.g. money, to see if it
works etc.


Christian Attitude to Cohabitation:
Very wrong as sex was given to humans by God for the
procreation of children
Bible says fornication is sinful
All churches say…




this is a really good revision tool for rs, it is really detailed and I found it really useful :)

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