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Prejudice - Thinking badly of someone you don't know, without any real reason to do so, e.g; because of their colour, gender or age

Discrimination - Acting differently with an individual than you would do with anyone else because of our prejudices

Racism - Prejudice based on race

Sexism - Prejudice based on gender

Ageism - Prejudice based on age

Equal Opportunities - Attempting to ensure that everyone has the same chances regardless of age, gender and race.

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Key Words : Christianity










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Evangelism The belief that it is right to actively seek to convert others to your faith

Ecumenism The belief that it is right to encourage different faiths to work together without requiring anyone to convert

Apartheid A legal system, practised until recently in South Africa, keeping different races apart

Ministry The priesthood, joining the ministry means becoming a priest, vicar or pastor

Ordination The ceremony of making someone a priest

Sacrament A ceremony at which God is believed to be present

Confession One of the Catholic sacramentsm by which you can achieve forgivenss for your sins

Reconciliation Making things up after a disagreement/split ; bringing people back together

Redemption Being brought back to God by repenting your sins

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Christian Beliefs about Equality


  • What are Christian Beliefs about Equality? (3 points)


  • Give at least 2 bible verses to support this?


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Christian Beliefs about Equality

  • Christians believe that God loves all humanity unconditionally.
  • They believe that people should try to show the same love to each other and be concerned for other people's welfare whoever the may be.
  • They believe that everyone was made in God's image, and are therefore all equal as he made them so.

Bible Verses:

"Then Peter began to speak; 'I now realise how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right" Acts 10:34

"There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ" Galations 3:28

"So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them." Genesis 1:27

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  • What are Christian views on Racism? (3 points)


  • Name 3 Christians who fought racism?
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Christian Views on Racism

  • Christian artwork reflects diversity: Jesus is shown as being the same racist as the artist.
  • Christians teaches that racism can never be justified
  • 'Love thy neighbour as thyself' refers to the whole human race
  • Some famous activists against racism have been committed Christians:

- Trevor Huddleston; campaigned in South Africa to end apartheid

- Desmond Tutu; campaigned against apartheid

- Martin Luther King; campaigned for civil rights in America and was assassinated 

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The Role of Women

What are Christian views on Women? (4 points)


Quote a Bible Verse to accompany this...


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  • Most Christians believe that men and women were created to be partners fr one another; with different but complementary skills: eng, men are stronger, women can become pregnant, men have better sense of direction, women can multitask.
  • Some Christians believe that men and women were made different because they were meant to play different roles in life: e.g, men provide for families, women bear children and care for them. Neither is better than the other, both have equal responsiblity in different areas
  • Other Christians feel that this view no longer has a place in the modern world and that both men and women should share duties and responsibilities equally
  • Most Christians agree that everyone should use the talents God has given to the best of their ability

Bible Verse:

"Wives, submit yourselves unto your husbands as unto the Lord. For the Husband is head of the Wife even as Christ is head of the church." Ephesians 5:21

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Women in the Ministry

  • What are Roman Catholic views on women in the Ministry?
  • What are Protestant views on women in the ministry?

Name a bible verse arguing both sides of the argument...

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Christian Views on Women in the Ministry

  • "The Roman Catholic Church only allows men to become priests because:

- Christ and his apostles were all mean - The priest during mass represents Christ himself  - St Paul said that women should remain silent in Church

  • Nowadays most protestant churches allow women to be ordained because:

- Christ allowed women to be active among his followers - Those who remained faithful at his trial & execution were all women and a woman was the first to see him ressurected - God has no gender - The injuction to women to remain silent in churchd doesnt apply in modern society where women and men are equal.

Bible Verses:

"Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak;" 1 Corinthians 14:34

"And the twelve were with him, and also certain womn... which ministered unto him of their substance" 1Timothy 2:11-12

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Christianity and Other Religions

  • Explain Evangelical Christians' views on other religions?
  • Explain ecumenist Christians' views on other religions?
  • What are internal divisions?
  • Quote a bible verse to support the ecumenical view...
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Christianity ad Other Religions

  • Christianity is an evangelical religion - Christians believe it is important to share their beliefs with others and try to persuade them to become Christians.
  • Strictly evangelical Christians believe: only Christianity has the truth about God, Non-Christians should be encouraged to convert, It is their duty to spread the word of God and Jesus, There wouldnt be a pint in death and resurrection of Jesus if there were lots of other ways to achieve salvation.
  • Other Christians belong to the ecumenical movement. They believe that: Everyone who is genuinely trying to follow God is doing the right thing, whatever their religion. Members of different faiths should worship together. A Christian has no right to change someone else's beliefs. A just and loving God will recognise sincere belief and right intention whether it is within a Christian tradition or not.
  • Internal Divisions: Although they are all Christians, some churches take the view that they are the true Christianity and everyone else is wrong. For example, the violence in Northern Ireland.

Bible View:

Jesus answered: I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the father except through me." John 14:6

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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Why is forgiveness important to Christians?


  • What does forgiving mean?


  • Give an example of a sacrament and a prayer which encourages forgiveness?


  • Quote a bible verse about forgiveness...
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Forgiveness and Reconciliation

  • Forgiveness is an important concept in Christianity as Jesus mentions it at many points throughout the New Testament
  • To forgive means no holding grudges or dragging up old arguments.
  • The Lord's Prayer says: "Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us"
  • In the Roman Catholic Church forgiveness is available through the sacrament of confession.

Bible Views:

"If your brother sins rebuke him and if he repents forgive him. If he sins against you seven times in one day and seven times comes back to you and says 'I repent', forgive him". Luke 17:3-4

"But I tell you love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you that you may be sons of your Father in Heaven" Matthew 5:43


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