Religious Studies GCSE, Christian Perspectives

Complete guide to GCSE OCR Religious Studies paper 2a christian perspectives.

Includes: Birth and Death; Marriage, Divorse and the Family; Predjudice, Equality and Discrimination; War, Peace and Human Rights; Christian Responsibilty towards the Disadvantaged and Christian Responsibility for the Planet.

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Christian Perspectives
Birth and Death
Key topics:
Contraception
IVF
Abortion
Euthanasia
Suicide

Key teachings:
Genesis 1:26 `Let us make man in our own image.'
Job 1:21 `The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away, may the name of the Lord be
praised'
Jeremiah 1:5 `I knew you before I…

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o Anglican Church has campaigned in the House of Lords against acts which
denigrate the value of human life.
Suicide
o Catholic: mortal sin, cannot repent of it
o Protestant: tragedy
o Law: increasingly eager to interpret suicide as death by misadventure or
accidental death because of its taboo nature…

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Exodus 20:14 `Do not commit adultery'
Mark 10:11 `Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman he commits
adultery against her.'
Exodus 20:12 `Honour your mother and your father that you may live long in the land.'
Colossians 3:2021 `Children obey your parents in everything for this pleases the…

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o Most Protestants consider husband and wife to be equal but would be opposed to
government ambitions to get parents back into employment soon after the birth of
children. Active parenting
o Fundamentalists consider husbands are the head of the family and wives should
submit to them. Ephesians 5:22 `Wives…

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Matthew 28:19, `Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the
name of the father and of the son and of the Holy Spirit.'


Key Perspectives:
Sexual discrimination
o Anglican Church has been ordaining women since the 1980s however it does not
allow women to become bishops.…

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Prisoners of Conscience

Key teachings:
Exodus 15:3 `The Lord is a warrior, the LORD is his name'
Micah 4:14 `A time for peace is coming...' Jews say that time hasn't arrived, Christians
say it arrived with Christ, `They will beat their swords into ploughshares and their spears
into pruning hooks.…

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Many Christians would say that Jesus' teaching supersedes other aspects of scripture,
and his teaching supports pacifism
Most institutional denominations and Catholics are not traditionally pacifists

Human rights:
MLK was the most famous Christian peaceful protestor
United Nation's Declaration of Human Rights 1948:
o 1. All human beings are born…

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o Verse 12, `I tell you it will be more bearable on that day for Sodom than for that
town.'
Catechism of the Catholic Church: `If faith is not expressed in works, it is dead and cannot
bear fruit unto eternal life.'

Work of Churches:
Salvation army is the most…

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Old Testament laws and Jesus' teaching to do with justice









Christian Responsibility for the Planet
Key topics:
Stewardship
God's ownership of the planet
Role of humanity
Environmental concerns

Key teachings:
Psalm 24:1 `The earth is the LORD's and everything in it.'
James 1:17 `Every good and perfect gift is from…

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