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Religon and Animals Rights

'The Sanctity of Life' teaches that as God gives all life, only God shoud take this away: this also applies to animals.

"God put man in charge of the fish, the birds and all the wild animals". This is from the book of Genesis in the Bible. It links to the idea of Stewardship: that man but protect and look after the world. 

Jesus said "Are not 5 sparrow sold for two pennies, yet not one is forgotten by God." This tells us that God values all animal life.

Buddhists and Hindu's believe that animals are involved in the circle of life, death and re-birth. For this reason, animals should be treated well. Many Hindu's and Buddhists are also vegetarian as a result of this belief. 

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Religion and Prejudice

'You shall not lie with a male as one lies with a female; it is an abomination.' - Leviticus 18:22

"When a foreigner lives with you in your land, do not mistreat him." - Leviticus 19:33-35

"I permit no women to teach or have authority over men. She is to be kept silent." Liviticus 19:33-35

'God created man in his own image' - Genesis, ch.1

'Love thy neighbour as thyself' and 'Treat others as you would like to be treated' - John 13. The Good Samaritan

"There is no longer Jew or Creek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for you are one in Christ Jesus" - Galatians 3:26-28

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Religion and Early Life

'Sancity of Life'- The Bible. Life is sacred and belongs to God because it is given by God. 

'You shall not commit murder'- Exodus 20:13, The Ten Commandments. You should not kill - supports the view that abortion is wrong. However, doesn't give clues about when life begins.  

'Love thy neighbour as yourself'. - The Bible. The Golden Rule. Act in a way that is compassionate and loving.

'Quality of Life'.  - General Chrisitian Belief. A measure of the kind of life the baby will have.

"God said let us make man in our image and in our own likeness...God created them male and female". - Genesis. This passage says we must recognise that humans are special to God our creator and the world was made to sustain them. It is not for humans to take life away - either new life or someone nearing the end of their life. 

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Religion, War and Peace

The Just War Theory is a Chrisitian belief that in certain situations war can be justiifed. Other religions except for Buddhism, also support Just War.

Jesus was once violent. When he entered a temple and saw that it was used for selling goods and making money he 'overturned the tables of the money changers'. This was a violent act in response to something that was wrong. 

Throughout History there has been 'Holy Wars'. This is when people fight a war believing God is on their side. An example was the crusades 800 years ago. 


Buddhists have a first precept which is 'I will not harm any living thing'. 

Muslims believe in peace. The world Islam means peace, and the saying 'Salaam' means 'peace be upon you. 

-When jesus was arrested, he told his disciples to put away their swords as 'those who live by the sword die by the sword.

Sancity of life, love thy neighbour, thou shalt not kill.

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