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Re-constituted family

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where two sets of children (stepbrothers and sister) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other 

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The sanctity of life

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that all life is holy and sacred, it is a gift from God and only God has the right to give life or take it away

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Abortion 

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

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Resurrection 

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Resurrection = 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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Immortality of the soul 

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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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A near death experience 

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A near death experience = where you die for a few minutes but then are brought back to life 

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Miracle

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Miracle = something that seems to break the laws of science and makes you think that “only God could have done this”

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Conversion 

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Conversion = when your life is changed by giving yourself to God

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Numinous 

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Numinous = the feeling of the presence of something greater then you, for example looking up at the stars

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Causation

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Causation = the idea that everything has been caused (started off) by something else

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Atheism

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Atheism = believing that God does not exist

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Prayer

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Prayer = an attempt to contact God, usually through words

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Design 

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Design = when things are connected and seen to have a purpose, for example, the workings of the eye

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Faithfulness 

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Faithfulness = staying with your marriage partner and having sex only with them

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Religious freedom 

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Religious freedom = the right to practice your religion and change your religion

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Agnosticism 

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Agnosticism = not being sure whether or not God exists

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Moral evil 

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Moral evil = actions done by humans that cause suffering

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Natural evil 

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Natural evil = things that cause suffering, but have nothing to do with humans for example earthquakes

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Omnipotent 

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Omnipotent = the belief that God is all powerful

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Omniscient 

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Omniscient = the belief that God knows all that has happened and all that will happen

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Benevolent

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Benevolent = the belief that God is all good/loving

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Racism 

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Racism = the belief that one race is superior to another

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Multi ethnic society

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Multi ethnic society = people of different race living together in one society

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Discrimination

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Discrimination = to act on your prejudice and therefore treat someone or a group of people differently to others

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Prejudice

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Prejudice = to pre-judge an individual or group of people before you know them

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Racial harmony

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Racial harmony = different races living together in peace 

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Sexism 

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Sexism = discrimination on the grounds of gender. The attitude that one sex (usually men) is better than the other (usually women). This stems from sexual stereotyping.

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Religious Pluralism 

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Religious Pluralism = many different religions living together in one society

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Multi faith society 

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Multi faith society = accepting all faiths as having an equal right to co-exist

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Divorce 

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Divorce = legally separate a marriage so that the partners are free to marry someone else

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Cohabitation 

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Cohabitation = a man and a woman living together without being married

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Promiscuity 

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Promiscuity = having sex with several different partners and without commitment. Often known as “casual sex”

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Remarriage

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Remarriage = marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage

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Adultery 

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Adultery = an act of sexual intercourse between a married person and someone other than their married partner

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Pre-marital sex 

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Pre-marital sex = sex before marriage

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Nuclear family

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Nuclear family = mother, father and children living together as a unit

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