RE Key Words

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 the law of science and makes you think only God could have done it
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Moral evil
Actions done by humans which create suffering
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Natural evil
Things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans
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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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The removal of the 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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The painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease
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Immortality of the soal
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, e.g. ghosts and 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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A sexual act between a married person and someone other than their marriage partner
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Civil partnership
A legal ceremony giving a homosexual couple the same legal rights as a husband and wife
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Living together without being married
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Intentionally preventing pregnancy from occurring
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Staying with your marriage partner and having sex only with them
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Sexual attraction to the same sex
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Nuclear family
Mother, farther and children living as a unit
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Pre-marital sex
Sex before marriage
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Making new life
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Having sex with a number of partners without commitment
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Re-constituted family
Where two sets of children (stepbrothers or stepsisters) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other
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Marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage
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Community cohesion
A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in society
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Treating people less favorably because of their ethnicity/gender/colour/sexuality/age/class
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Ethnic minority
A member of an ethnic group (race) which is much smaller than the majority group
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Interfaith marriages
Marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions
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Multi-ethnic society
Many different races and cultures living together in one society
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Multi-faith society
Many different religions living together in one society
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Believing some people are inferior or superior without even knowing them
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Racial harmony
Different races/cultures living together happily
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The belief that some races are superior to others
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Religious freedom
The right to practise your religion and change your religion
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Religious pluralism
Accepting all religions as having an equal right to coexist
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Discriminating against people because of their gender (being male or female)
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Attacking without being provoked
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Intimidating/frightening people weaker than yourself
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Conflict resolution
Bringing a fight or struggle to a peaceful conclusion
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Taking advantage of a weaker group
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Stopping blaming someone and/or pardoning them for what they have done
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Just war
A war which is fought for the right reasons and in a right way
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The belief that disputed should be settled by peaceful means
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Bringing together people who were opposed to each other
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Treating a person or their feelings with consideration
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The United Nations
An international body set up to promote world peace and cooperation
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Weapons of mass destruction
Weapons which can destroy large areas and numbers of people
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World peace
The ending of war throughout the whole world (the basic aim of the United Nations)
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A recurring compulsion to engage in an activity regardless of its bad effects
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Capital punishment
The death penalty for a crime or offence
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An act against the law
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The idea that punishments should be of such a nature that they will pt people off (deter) committing crimes
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The act of judging people and their actions
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Due allocation of reward and punishment/the maintenance of what is right
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Rules made by Parliament and enforceable by the courts
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The idea that punishments should try to change criminals so that they will not commit crimes again
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Restore to normal life
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Being responsible for one's actions
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The idea that punishments should make criminals pay for what they have done wrong
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an act against the will of Go
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The holy book of Christians
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The community of Christians (with a small 'c' it means a Christian place of worship)
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An inner feeling of the rightness or wrongness of an action
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The Decalogue
The Ten Commandments
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Democratic processes
The ways in which all citizens can take part in government (usually through elections)
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Electoral processses
The ways in which voting is organised
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The Golden Rule
The teaching of Jesus that you should treat others as you would like them to treat you
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Human rights
The rights and freedoms to which everyone is entitiled
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Political party
A group which tries to be elected into power on the basis of its policies (e.g. Labour/Conservatives)
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Pressure group
A group formed to influence government policy on a particular issue
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Situation Ethics
The idea that Christians should base moral decisions on what is the most loving thing to do
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Social change
The way in which society has changed and it changing (and also the possibilities for future change)
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Artificial insemination
Injecting ***** into the uterus by artificial means
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Protecting and preserving natural resources and the environment
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The act of creating he universe or the universe which has been created
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A fertilised egg in the first eight weeks after conception
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The surroundings in which plants and animals live and on which they depend to live
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Global warming
The increase in the temperature of the Earth's atmosphere (thought to be caused by the greenhouse effect)
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Not being able to have children
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In-vitro fertilisation
The method of fertilising a human egg in a test tube
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Natural resources
Naturally occurring materials, such as oil and fertile land, which can be used by humans
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Organ donation
Giving organs to be used in transplant surgery
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Looking after something so it can be passed on to the next generation
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An arrangement whereby a woman bears a child on behalf of another woman
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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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The idea that human beings are free to make their own choices


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


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