EDEXCEL GCSE Religion and Life: Christianity and Islam

Revision cards including key words covering all four areas: Believing in God, Matters of life and death, Marriage and the family and Religion and community cohesion.


Believing in God

  • Numinous: the feeling of the presence of something greater than you, for example in a church or looking up at the stars.
  • 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.
  • 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 which cause suffering but have nothing to do with
    humans, for example earthquakes.
  • Omnipotent: the belief that God is all-powerful.
  • Omni-benevolent: the belief that God is all good/kind.
  • Omniscient: the belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen.
  • Free will: The idea that human beings are free to make their own choices.
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Believing in God

  • Design: when things are connected and seem to have a purpose, for example the eye is designed for seeing.
  • Causation: the principle that everything is caused by something else.
  • Theist: A person who believes in God.
  • Baptism: The Christian rite of initiation that welcomes a person into the Christian community.
  • Bible: The sacred text of Christianity.
  • Confirmation: Where a young Christian makes the baptismal vows for him/herself (the descision of staying in the religion or not).
  • Initiation ceremony: A ritual that welcomes a person as a new member of a community or group that holds a certain set of beliefs.
  • Testimony: A public statement of faith and belief.
  • Holiness: Having the characteristic of being set apart for God's purpose.
  • Mystical experience: Experiencing God's voice or a religious vision.
  • Near-death experience: An experience after clinical death and before resuscitation.
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Believing in God

  • Confession of sins: Admitting wrongdoing against God.
  • Intercession: Praying for others.
  • Meditation: Thinking deeply about spiritual things.
  • Petitions: Requests made of God.
  • Thanksgiving: Giving thanks to God for what God has done.
  • Worship: Praising God.
  • Analogy: A way of comparing two similar things to highlight their similarities.
  • 'Big bang' theory: The theory that an enormous explosion started the universe around 15 million years ago.
  • Creationists:Religious believers who believe that the world was created by God in six days, exactly as described in Genesis.
  • Evolution: The gradual development of species over millions of years.
  • Natural selection: The way in which species naturally select the best characteristics for survival.
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Matters of life and death

  • Resurrection: the belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised.
  • Reincarnation: the belief that souls are reborn in another body after death.
  • Immortality of the soul: the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.
  • Paranormal: unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes for example ghosts and mediums.
  • Abortion: the removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive.
  • Sanctity of life: the belief that life is holy and belongs to God.
  • Euthanasia: an easy and gentle death.
  • Assisted suicide: providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.
  • Voluntary euthanasia: the situation where someone dying in pain asks a doctor to end her/his life painlessly.
  • Non-voluntary euthanasia: ending someone’s life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have good reason for thinking they would want you to do so eg switching off a life-support machine.
  • Quality of life: the idea that life must have some benefits for it to be worth living.
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