GCSE Religious Studies

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Believing in God Key Words

  • Agnosticism - Not being sure wheter god exists.
  • Atheism - Believing that God does not exist.
  • Conversion - When your life is changed by giving yourself to God.
  • Free Will - The idea that humans are free to make their own choices.
  • Miracle - Something which seems to break a law of science and makes you think only God could have done it.
  • Moral Evil - actions done by humans whcih causes suffering.
  • Natural Evil - Things whcih cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans.
  • Numinous - the feeling of the presence of something greater than you.
  • Omni-benevolent - The belief that God is all good.
  • Omnipotent - The belief that God is all powerful.
  • Omniscient - The belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen.
  • Prayer - An attempt to contact God, usually through words.
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Matters of Life & Death Key Words

  • Abortion - The removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive
  • Assisted Suicide - Providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide
  • Euthanasia - The painless killing of someone dyring from a painful disease
  • Immortality of the Soul - the idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body
  • Near Death Experience - When someone about to die has an out of body experience
  • Non-voluntary Euthanasia - Ending someone's life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have a good reason for thinking they would want you to do it
  • Paranormal - Unexplained things which are though to have spiritual causes e.g. Ghosts, Mediums
  • Quality of Life - The idea that life must have some benefits for it to be woth living
  • Reincarnation - The belief that, after death, souls are reborn into a new body
  • Resurrection -  The belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is rised
  • Sanctity of Life - The belief that life is holy and belongs to God.
  • Voluntary Euthanasia - Ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death
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Marriage & Family Life Kery Words

  • Adultery - A sexual act between a married person and someone other than their marriage partner
  • Civil Partnership - A legal ceremony giving a homosexual couple the same legal rights as a husbund and wife
  • Cohabitation - Living together without being married
  • Contraception - Intentionally preventing pregnancy from occurring
  • Faithfulness - Staying with your marriage partner and have sex only with them
  • Homosexuality - Sexuaol attraction towards the same sex
  • Nuclear Fmily - Mother, Father and Children living as a unit
  • Pre-marital Sex - Sex before marriage
  • Procreation - Making a new life
  • Promiscuity - Having sex with a number of partners without commitment
  • Re-Constituted Family - Where two sets of children (stepbrothers and stepsisters) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other
  • Re-Marriage - Marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage
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Community & Cohesion Unit Key Words

  • Communtiy Cohesion - A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in society.
  • Discrimination - Treating people less favourably because of their ethinical/gender/colour/sexuality/age/class
  • Ethnic Minority - A memeber of an ethnic group (race) which much smaller than the majority group
  • Interfaith Marriages - A marriage in which the husbund and wife are from different religions
  • Multi-Ethnic Soceity - Many religons together living in one society
  • Prejudice - Believing some people are inferior or superior without even knowing them
  • Racial Harmony - Different races/colours living together happily
  • Racism - The belief that some races are superior to others
  • Religious Freedom - the right to practise your religion and change your religion
  • Relgious Pluralism - Accepting all religons as having an equal right to coexist
  • Sexism - Discriminating against people because of their gender (being male or female)
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