Religious Studies Key Words 1

Key words for Year 10 GCSE Paper A 


Believing in God

Matters of life and death

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Believing in God- Agnosticism

Not being sure whether God exists

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Believing that god does not exist 

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When your life is changed by giving yourself to God

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Free will

The idea that human beings are free to make their own choices

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Something which seems to break a law of science and makes you think only God could have done it

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Moral Evil

Actions done by humans which cause suffering

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Natural Evil

Things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans

(eg. earthquakes)

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The feeling of the presence of something greater than you 

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The belief that God is all-good

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The belief that God is all-powerful

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The belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen

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An attempt to contact God, usually through words

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Matters of life and death- Abortion

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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A painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease

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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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Near-death experience

When someone about to die has an out of body experience 

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Non-voluntary euthanasia

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

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Unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes

(eg. ghosts, mediums)

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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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The belief that, after death, souls are reborn in a new 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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Sanctity of life

The belief that life is holy and belongs to god

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Voluntary euthanasia

Ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death 

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