Religious Studies - keywords

These are key words from GCSE edexcel textbook, split into main topics

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Matters of Life & Death

Immortality of the Soul

The idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.


Unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes, for example, ghosts, mediums.


The belief that after death, the body stays in the in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised.


the belief that after death, souls are reborn in a new body.

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Matters of Life & Death

Near -death experience

When someone about to dies has an out of body experience.


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

Sanctity of Life

The belief that that life is holy and belongs to God.


The painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease.

Assisted suicide

Providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.

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Matters of Life & Death

Non-voluntary euthanasia

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

Voluntary euthanasia

Ending someones life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death.

Quality of Life

The idea that life must have some benefit for it to be worth living.

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Religion & Community Cohesion


Believing some people are inferior or superior without even knowing them.


Treating people less favourably because of their gender/colour/ethnicity/class


Discriminating against someone because of their gender.


The belief that some ethnic groups are superior to others.

Multi-ethnic society

Many different races & cultures living together in one society.

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Religion & Community Cohesion

Multi-faith society

Many different religions living together in one society.

Community Cohesion

A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in society.

Racial harmany

Different ethnic groups living together in peace.

Religious freedom

The right to practice your own religion and change your religion.

Religious pluralism

Accepting all religions as having an equal right to co-exist.

Interfaith Marriage

Marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions.

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Religion and belief in God


Not being sure whether God excists.


Believing that God does not exist.


When you life is changed by giving your life to God.

Free will

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


Something that seems to break the law of science and makes you think that only God could have done it.

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Religion and belief in God

Natural Evil

Things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans.


The feeling of a presence of someone greater than you.


The belief that God is all-good.


The belief that God knows everything that happens and everything that is going to happen.


 An attempt to contact God, usually through words.

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Religion and belief in God

Religious Experience

An experience that makes the person having the experience feel the presence of God.

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Marriage and Family

Civil partnership

A legal ceremony giving a homosexual couple the same legal rights as a husband and wife.


A couple living together without being married.

Nuclear family

A mother, father and children living as a unit.

Reconstituted family

Where two sets of children (step-siblings) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other.


sexual attraction to the same sex.

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Marriage and Family


marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage.


A sexual act between a married person and someone other than their marriage partner.


Having sex with a number of partners without commitment.


Staying with your marriage partner and having sexual relationship with only them.


Making life

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Marriage and Family


Intentionally preventing pregnancy from occurring.

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