MATTERS OF LIFE AND DEATH

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CHRISTIAN BELIEFS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH

  • Resurrection / immortality of the soul
  • Death, judgement, heaven or hell (Catholics = purgatory)
  • Jesus = cross and resurrection / bible teaches about resurrection bodies
  • Immortality of the soul = criminal told he would go straight to be with God
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THE EFFECT OF BELIEF IN THE AFTERLIFE ON CHRISTIAN

  • Follow bible and church Golden rule Forgive others Cope with suffering Heaven Prayer Action – doing good work Vocation
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ISLAMIC BELIEFS ABOUT LIFE AFTER DEATH

Death – angel of death takes soul to Barzakh Angel Isra’fil will sound the trumpet – end of the world All resurrected Allah will judge all Book of life – left hand = hell, right = heaven Qur’an = teaches all judged / follow example of prophet Muhammad

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NON-RELIGIOUS BELIEFS ON LIFE AFTER DEATH

  • PARANORMAL
  • REINCARNATION 
  • NEAR-DEATH EXPERIENCES

Near death experiences = Ian McCormack Reincarnation = Pollock twins / boy who lived before Paranormal activity = ghosts and mediums

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NON-BELIEF IN LIFE AFTER DEATH

No evidence Science Religion is outdated Humans are mortal

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ABORTION

24 weeks (was 28 until 1990) 2 Dr’s agree Existing family suffer Registered premises  

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CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES TO ABORTION

Roman Catholic church & Evangelical Protestants      

  • sanctity of life
  • murder
  • God has a plan
  • all are of value
  • life starts at conception

Other Christians

  • Compassion
  • lesser of two evils
  • sometimes most loving thing to do
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MUSLIM ATTITUDES TO ABORTION

Sanctity of life         Ensoulment = 120 days

  • Different views:
  • ok in cases of ****
  • after 120 days allowed if the mother’s life is in danger
  • not allowed if the result of adultery
  • unplanned pregnancy not a reason for abortion

1 = wrong

2 = ok if mother’s life is at risk

3 = ok up to 120 days if handicapped/risk to mother

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EUTHANASIA

Assisted suicide / voluntary / non-voluntary

Illegal

Several attempts through parliament

Passive euthanasia allowed in UK

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CHRISTIAN ATTITUDES TO EUTHANASIA

  • Majority against
  • Sanctity of life
  • Murder – 10 commandments
  • Used for evil purposes
  • Life is valued
  • Some argue = lesser of two evils, so allowed
  • Hospice movement = help people and family prepare for death
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MUSLIM ATTITUDES TO EUTHANASIA

  • Wrong

Sanctity of life Allah decides the length of a life Shirk Allah has a plan Comparison to suicide = that is banned This life a test for next

  • Turning off life support machines = ok
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MEDIA LIFE AND DEATH

Forms of media = papers, TV docs, soaps, news, comedies, radio etc.

Life and death affects us all,

For the media being free to criticise = religious views out of date, important to debate as ideas change, no view should be exempt

Against = respect, based on Holy text, no criticism, God is beyond criticism

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