Believing in God
Agnosticism: Not being sure if god exists or not.
Atheist: Believing that God does not exist.
Conversion: Changing from one religion to another or from not
following a religion to following one.
Free Will: The idea that humans are free to make their own choices.
Miracle: Something that breaks the laws of science and makes you
think only God could have done it.
Moral Evil: Actions done by humans which cause suffering.
Natural Evil: Things which cause suffering but were not caused by
Numinous: The feeling of the presence of something greater than you.
Omnipotent: The belief that God is all-powerful.
Omniscient: The belief that God is all-knowing.
Omni-Benevolent: The belief that God is all-good and kind.
Prayer: An attempt to communicate with God, usually through words.
Matters of Life and Death
Sanctity of Life: the belief that life is holy and comes from God.
Abortion: the removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive.
Quality of Life: the idea that life must feel like it is worth living.
Euthanasia: bringing about a premature but painless and gentle death.
Voluntary Euthanasia: ending life painlessly when someone in great pain
Non-Voluntary Euthanasia: ending someone’s life painlessly in their best
interest when they are incapable of requesting death themselves .
Assisted Suicide: helping a seriously ill person to commit suicide.
Near-Death Experience: when someone about to die has an out of body
Paranormal: unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes
e.g. ghosts, mediums.
Reincarnation: when souls, after death, are reborn in a new body.
Resurrection: when after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of
the world when it is raised.
Immortality of the Soul: the idea that the soul lives on after death.
Religious and Community Cohesion
Community Cohesion: A shared sense of belonging for all groups in society.
Prejudice: Believing some people are inferior or superior without even
Discrimination: Treating people unfairly because of their race, colour, gender, etc
Ethnic Minority: An ethnic group smaller than the majority group.
Sexism: Discriminating against people because of their gender (sex).
Racism: Discriminating against people because of their race or colour.
Multi-Ethnic Society: Where different races and cultures live together in one
Racial Harmony: A society where different ethnic groups live together
Multi-Faith Society: Where people of different faiths live together in one
Religious Freedom: The right to practice your religion and change your
religion if you want to.
Religious Pluralism: Accepting all religions as equally valid and correct and
can all coexist.
Interfaith Marriage: Marriage where each partner is from a different religion.
Marriage and Family
Cohabitation: living together without being married
Marriage: the condition of a man and woman legally united for the
purpose of living together and, usually, having children
Faithfulness: staying with your marriage partner and having sex only with
Pre-marital sex: sex before marriage
Promiscuity: having sex with a number of partners without commitment
Adultery: an act of sexual intercourse between a married person and
someone other than their marriage partner
Re-marriage: marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage
Nuclear family: mother, father and children living as a unit
Extended family: children, parents and grandparents/aunts/uncles living as a unit
or in close proximity
Re-constituted family: where two sets of children (step-brothers and sisters) become
one family when their divorced parents marry each other