Matters of Life and Death keywords

All 12 keywords and definitions for this unit on the Edexcel specification

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Immortality of the Soul

The idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body

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The belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised

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Near-death experience

When someone who is about to die has an out-of-body experience

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Unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes e.g. ghosts

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The belief that after death, your soul is reborn in a new body

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Sanctity of Life

The belief that life is holy and belongs to God

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The removal of a foetus from the womb before it can survive

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Assisted Suicide

Providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide

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The painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease

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Non-Voluntary Euthanasia

Ending someone's life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have good reason to thinking they would want you to do so

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Quality of Life

The idea that life must have some benefits for it to be worth living

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Voluntary Euthanasia

Ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death

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