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What responsibilities do we have?

  • To look after others
  • Religious people have a responsibility to God
  • Obey the law
  • Care for the Earth
  • To follow religious teachings
  • To not let ourselves down
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What commitments do we have?

  • To keep vows and promises we have made
  • Fulfil our dity
  • Not hurt others as we are all created by God
  • Show commitment through prayer, worship and how they live their life
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4 types of love

Agape - Love given freely and unreservedly; strong emotion that usually includes commitments

Storge - Affection for things and animals

Philia - Bond shown through friends and family

Eros - sexual love

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How important is family?

  • It is a duty or dharma to look after the family
  • 10 commandments state how important it is to care for your parents
  • Friends have a more important role in your life
  • You choose your friends not family
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Religious teachings on: Sex, celibacy and contrace


  • Sex is a gift from God
  • Contraceptions are acceptable aslong as both partners agree
  • Adultery is forbidden in the 10 Commandments

Roman Catholics

  • Artificial methods of contraception arent allowed
  • Sex should always allow new life


  • Chastity is a dharma (duty) of the student stage
  • Sex should always be withing marriage
  • Contraception could be against ahimsa (non-violence)
  • A promise of faithfulness is made at the wedding
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Whose decision is it concerning the use of contrac

  • All faiths agree both partners must agree
  • Depends upon the type - some religions disapprove methods like the condom
  • Many believe the body belongs to God
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What is the role and purpose of sex?

  • Natural instinct of life is to have children
  • Sign of deep personap commitment between a man and woman
  • Provide joy and a sense of fulfilment
  • Way of giving oneself totally to another
  • Many sacred texts state the importance of having children
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Religious teachings: Marriage, cohabitation, same


  • Most denominations dont have a betrothal ceremony
  • Different Attitudes
    • Anglican Church may bless the same sex couple
    • Quakers have welcomed same sex marriages for many years
    • Catholics teach marriage is a union between a man and a woman


  • Courtship follows the intention to marry:
    • Families of the couple meet
    • Couple will have supervised meetings
    • Priest will look at horoscopes
  • Wedding is a samskara 
  • No official view on same sex marriage
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Religious teachings: Key features of religious wed


  • Often held in church, chapel, cathedral - God's house
  • Vows are taken to show commitment - "in sickness and in health"
  • Exchange of rings to represent health
  • Singing of hymns to worship God
  • Signing of the register to show the couple is married


  • Wedding is a samskara
  • Mandcap (canopy) is put up in the wedding hall
  • Offerings are made to Ganesha as he is believed to remove obstacles
  • The bride's scarf is tied to the groom and they circle the havan to show togetherness
  • Seven steps are taken for food, wealth, strength, happiness, children, long wedded life and unity
  • The havan is lit and offerings made to symbolise wish for fertility, health and prosperity
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Is marriage out of date?

  • More people are cohabiting to show their commitment to each other - are socially accepted
  • Religious traditions expect couples to enter into marriage
  • The vows taken during a marriage can never be out of date
  • Many people have trial marriages
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Is it necessary to marry in a place of worship?

  • Religious believers want a blessing in a place of worship
  • Plave of worship = house of God - so getting married there means God is present to bless the union
  • Some people are not allowed to get married in a place of worship - Same sex couples in a catholic church
  • It doesn't matter where you marry aslong as your intentions are right
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Should same sex marriages be allowed in a place of

  • Same-sex marriages are against the teachings of some religious traditions
  • If they both love each other and agree to the vows
  • The most important part of marriage is having children
  • Many sacred texts is to treat people how you would want to be treated
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Religious Teachings: Divorce and marriage

Christianity - Anglicans, Methodists, United Reform Churches

  • Divorce is accepted
  • Remarriage is discouraged but if chosen a non-church wedding is preferred
  • No minister can be forced to conduct a remarraige ceremony

Catholic Church

  • Divorce isnt recognised
  • Marriage is a sacrament - can't be dissolved unless annulled (partner forced to marry)


  • Divorce is allowed as a last resort but it is discouraged because of sacramental value
  • Hindus of lower castes have always been allowed divorce and remarriage
  • Extended family would help a couple to reconcile
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Why do some marriages succeed and others fail?

  • Unfaithfulness
  • Fall out of love with partner
  • Help from faith communities when there are difficulties in a marriage e.g. prayer
  • Money worries
  • Not taking commitment and responsibilities seriously
  • Compromise over problems
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Should people be allowed to remarry?

  • Everyone should be allowed a second chance
  • People should be allowed - not a sacred building
  • Marriage is a sacrament that cannot be dissolved in some religions
  • If you have taken a vow for life then remarrying is breaking that vow
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Should remarriage be in a religious building?

  • People shouldn't be allowed to remarry in a place of worship because they have broken  sacred vows
  • By being remarried in a religious building it may strengthen faith
  • If the minister agrees and the couple want to - why not?
  • A couple could be blessed in a religious building but not married
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