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Believing in God

  • Reasons for Belief
    • Upbringing
    • Religious Experience
  • Design and Causation
  • The Origins of the World
    • 1996 Catholic Church accepted Big Bang theory
    • "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth"
  • Evil and Suffering
    • Can either be natural or human-made
    • Can lead to people questioning their faith
    • Adam & Eve
  • The Problem of Evil
    • Holocaust caused Jews to doubt God
    • There are different ideas about the problems of evil
      • Human acts - choice
      • Necessary for free will
      • Faith in God's plan

Matters of LIfe and Death

  • Life after Death
    • Soul is immortal
      • Rewarded or punished
      • Conscious - non religious
    • Near-Death experiences and the paranormal
    • Christianity
      • Heaven and Hell
      • "Whoever lives and believes in me will never die"
      • Heaven is comforting
  • Abortion
    • Legal in the UK (excluding Ireland) since 1967
    • For/Against
      • Part of the woman's body however genetically different
      • Circumstance change
      • When does life begin?
    • Most Christians see abortion as undisirable 
      • Catholics see it as murder
      • Not mentioned in the Bible
  • Euthanasia and Suicide
    • Euthansia legal in the UK
    • 2005 80% of people in favour of euthanasia
    • "Your body is a temple of the holy sprirt"Quality of Life
  • Abortion, Euthanasia and Suicide
    • Sanctity of life
      • "You shall not murder"
    • Quality of life
    • Only God can decide when we die
  • Wealth, Poverty and Disease
    • Being wealthy isn't bad
      • "a rich man from Arimathea, named Joseph, who had himself become a disciple of Jesus"
    • Love of wealth that is the problem
      • "the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil"
      • "whoever loves money never has money enough"
      • "No-one can serve two masters... You cannot serve both God and money"
    • There are many causes of poverty and hunger
      • 1980 the developed world contained 25% of population and 80% wealth.
      • Direct causes - rapid population growth, war, sale of raw materials…


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