RS - TOPIC 4

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Creation
Making something deliberately, for a purpose. For example, Christians believe God created the universe
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Dominion
Being in charge of the world for God. For example, Christians believe that God gave humans responsibility to look after the world for him.
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Environment
The natural world all around us, animals and humans. For example, Christians believe that God created the universe and everything in it.
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Humanity
Caring for other human beings. For example, Christians believe humans should take care for each other and should be kind to each other.
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Soul
The part of humans that lives on after the body has died. For example, Christians believe the soul goes on to heaven when the body dies.
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Stewardship
To look after and care for the world. For example, Christians believe God gave humans responsibility to look after and protect his creation
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Natural resources
Resources found in nature such as coal, oil, wood
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Sustainability
Provide resources needed without destroying the source it comes from e.g. cutting down trees to make furniture, but planting new trees to replace it.
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Talents
Many religions believe in God gave humans talents to use in order to preserve the environment and animals e.g. building talent to build sustainable homes.
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Ahimsa
Hindu term for non-violence/harmlessness.
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What makes us humans?
Influences that shape us as individuals, emotions through which we react, minds to think and decide, personalities that make us different from others, bodies that grow, live and move, conscience that help us make moral decisions
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What influences our beliefs and actions?
Community, teachers, TV/films, books/music, newspapers/magazines, country, culture, religion, laws, friends, parents, family
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What do all religions teach about why we are here?
Human beings enjoy a special place within the world, they have intelligence (the ability to think and reflect), morality (a sense of right and wrong), and language (the ability to write and read languages) that makes them different to animals.
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What do Christians believe about humans as a species?
All humans have a conscience, which affects how they behave and act, made up of physical and spiritual body, God has made them in his image and his perfect creation.
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What do Christians believe our purpose, as humans, are?
To serve God and live for him, obey God, enjoy the world and its resources, look after the world, live in harmony with others (e.g. serving God in a selfless way), to be 'fruitful and multiply' to populate earth.
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What do Hindus believe our purpose, as humans, are?
To perfect one's wisdom, heart and mind (freeing the atman from the physical body), living life to fill the dharma, seeking the truth, to amass good karma, to gain moksha, to have children
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How do Christians think the world was created?
Before universe, there was God. He created everything in 6 days. On 7th day he rested, human beings were created 'in the image of God', some people take the bliblical story as literal but other liberal believe the story gives purpose and meaningtolif
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What are quotes from the bible to support this?
"the earth was formless and empty, darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was hovering over the waters." - Genesis 1:2 , "God saw all that he had made, and it was very good" - Genesis 1:31
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How do Hindus think the world was created?
Creation is anandi - no beginning (eternal), it is in a never ending destruction of all life and matter, made and destroyed many times over. Object of life is to obtain moksha. Parusha was first man made by Brahman and given responsibility for creati
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How can science and religion work together?
Religion helps to explain the WHY of creation - humanity's role and purpose. Science helps to explain the HOW - the mechanisms and processes of creation. Science helps to further understand religious stories. Some believe God started big bang set up
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How can't science and religion work together?
The big bang theory is logical and can be argued it disproves the belief and need for a God, young earth creationists believe the genesis story is literal truth, science is based on evidence, religion based on faith
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How do religious creation stories still have meaning?
They explain that humans were given responsibility for looking after God's creation on his behalf - stewardship. The creation stories affect beliefs and values about how you view life and treat it.
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How have religious creation stories lost their meaning?
Science is replacing religion with logical proof, religion is out dated as it was written a long time ago, purpose and responsibility is taught by parents so religion creation stories make no difference, people don't need a book to look after planet
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How can religious believers fulful their role to God as Stewards?
Caring for God's creation by recycling and reusing natural resources, using sustainable energy, being more eco friendly, creating awareness, follow examples of good stewards
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What do Christians believe about stewardship?
When God created Adam, he told him "I am putting you in charge" and instructed him to "cultivate it and guard it". This teaches Christians to protect and care for the wellbeing of others, they are thankful for their position within the world andthank
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Who is an example of a Christian steward?
Chico Mendes
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What did Chico Mendes notice?
He realised that rainforests in the area were being torn down for new cattle ranches, crops and livestock. Mercury was used to seperate gold from the land which was polluting water, killing fish and poisoning those drinking it
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What did he do?
He started organising non-violent protests against the abuse of the rain forests such as trying to stop the logging of forestry, other protests included marches down logging trails, he educated rubber tappers from around brazil about deforestation..
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What do Hindu's believe about stewardship?
Hindus believe in ahimsa (non-violence); this is why many of them are vegetarians. All animals are to be respected, but special honour is given to the cow, which provides milk and works in the fields. Respect give to cow shows thankfulness to earth
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What is an example of a good Hindu steward?
The Chipko Movement
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What happened?
A woman named Amrita Devi + 3 daughters stood up against a king wanted to chop down forest where they lived. They would rather have their heads cut off than the trees cut down, they were all killed. Soon after, 363 villagers died in protest.
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Did their actions bring change?
Yes, the king vowed never to cut down another tree down from the forest.
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When did the Chipko Movement form?
1973, in memory of Amrita and her daughters sacrifice. The word 'Chipko' means hold tight. They believe that the future of humans depend a great deal on how they treat the natural world.
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What do Christians and Hindu's believe about talents?
They were given by God, to be used to serve God and be a good steward,
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What do Hindu's believe about talents?
It is their dharma to use their talents to help others in a positive way.
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How could having a musical talent help to be a good steward?
Perhaps write a song to create awareness about environmental issues
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How could having a sport talent help to be a good steward?
Hold or take part in charity sports events to raise money for charities that are helping the planet or perhaps save endangered species
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How could having a artisitic talent help to be a good steward?
To create memorials, posters, art etc that highlight abuse of animals around the world to educate people about the severity of it.
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How could having a acting talent help to be a good steward?
Take part in a documentary, TV show or play that highlights environmental issues and educates its audience about how we can protect sustain the planet and its natural resources
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What do Christians and Hindus believe about the enviroment?
The planet was given by God and should be protected.
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How might a good steward help to reduce pollution?
They may walk or cycle instead of using cars. They could use solar panels and wind turbines to create energy.
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How might a good steward help to reduce deforestation?
Recycle paper which can be reused as toilet paper. Could also replant trees where rainforests have been badly affected. This will allow animals to keep their habitats and reduce the destruction of forests
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What do Christians believe about the environment?
Humans were given a special responsibility to protect and care for God's creation because he told Adam "I am putting you in charge". God also told him to "cultivate and guard" which meant to protect and develop.The environment is interdependent.
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What is a quote to support this?
The bible teaches "The earth is the lord's and everything in it" which means on the day of judgement, God will look for the planet to be returned to him.
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What do Hindus believe about the environment?
Hindus follow the teaching of ahimsa (non-violence) which teaches them to protect and care for creation. Animals and plants should be protected as they are part of the cycle of birth, death and rebirth.
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Why might a Christian believe that animals have souls?
God created everything with love and care so everything is equal and should be protected, therefore humans and animals have souls.
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Why might a Christian believe that animals do not have souls?
When God created Adam, he "breathed the breath of life into him". This is interpreted by some as only humans were given souls and considered superior to animals.
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Why might a Hindu believe that animals have souls?
Hindus believe Brahman is in everything and gave every living thing a soul (atman), they velieve all living things are apart of samsara therefore animals and plants should be protected as they are apart of the cycle.
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Why might a Hindu believe that animals do not have souls?
Humans have emotions, animals do not. Animals use their instinct to react to situations whereas humans use their conscience.
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What is a Christians beliefs on animal rights?
That they have the responsibility to treat all living things well. Abuse of animals is unacceptable. Helping a species to not become extinct by putting them in Zoos in acceptable. Some believe humans can treat animals any way they wish as 'dominion'
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What is a Hindus beliefs on animal rights?
All life is sacred. Most human beings believe that humans are inferior to animals however as cows are features in stories of Shiva, they are sacred. Many Hindus are vegetarians. Some believe killing an animal takes opportunity for agood reincarnation
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