RS Edexcel GCSE Short Course Key Terms - Matters of Life and Death

A summary of all the key terms in the Matters of Life and Death section of the GCSE, with definitions. You need to know all of these for the exam.

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  • Created on: 16-05-11 18:03

Abortion

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

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Assisted Suicide

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Providing a seriously ill with the means to commit suicide

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Euthanasia

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The painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease

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Immortality of the Soul

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

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Near-Death Experience

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When someone about to die has an out of body experience

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Non-Voluntary Euthanasia

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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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Paranormal

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Unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes

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Quality of Life

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

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Reincarnation

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

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Resurrection

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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

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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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Voluntary Euthanasia

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Ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death

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