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Keywords- Section 1

Agnosticism- not being sure if god exists

Conversion- when you change your life by giving yourself to god

Free will- the idea that humans are free to make their own choices

Miracle- something that seems to break the laws of science and the only explanation is that gog could have done it

Moral evil- actions done by humans that cause suffering 

Natural evil- things that cause suffering, but have nothing to do with humans

Numinous- the feeling of the prescence 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 will happen

Prayer- an attempt to contact god, usaually through words

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Religious Upbringing

Having a religious upbringing is likely to lead to belief in god because children are taught god exists and spend most of their time with people, who believe that god exists.

Main features of a Christian upbringing:

  • babies will be baptised, parents promise to bring up children believing in god
  • parents will teach their children to believe and pray to god
  • the children will be taken to worship god in church and may got to a church school

How a religious upbringing may lead to belief in god:

  • Their parents will have told them god exists and they will believe their parents
  • Seeing everyone worship god at church, makes them believe in god 

 For upbringing: It helps to keep families together, gives children an understanding what's right and wrong and gives them a sense of belonging (emotional stability)

Against upbringing: The children haven't chosen this religion, takes away the human right of religious freedom and can continue religious prejudices, which are harmful to society. 

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