RE Religion and Life Christianity Unit 2

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Definitions of the all the key words

Agnosticism

not being sure whether God exists

Atheism

believing that God does not exist

Conversion

when your life is changed by giving yourself to God

Free Will

the idea that human beings are free to make their own choices

Miracle

somethingwhich seemsto break a law of science and makes you think only God couldhave done it

Moral evil

actions done by humans which cause suffering

Natural evil

things which cause suffering but have nothing to do with humans

Numinous

the feeling of the presence of something greater than you

Omni-benevolent

the belief that God is all-good

Omnipotent

the belief that God is all-powerful

Omniscient

the belief that God knows everything that has happened and everything that is going to happen

Prayer

an attempt to contact God,usually through words

Abortion

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

Assisted suicide

providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide

Euthanasia

the painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease

Immortality of the soul

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

Near-death experience

when someone about to die has an out-of-body experience

Non-voluntary Euthanasia

ending somone's life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you have a good reason for thinking they would want you to do so

Paranormal

unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes, e.g. ghosts, mediums

Quality of life

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

Reincarnation

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

Resurrection

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

Sanctity of life

the belief that life is holy and belongs to God

Voluntary Euthanasia

ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death

Adultery

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

Civil partnership

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

Cohabitation

living together without being married

Contraception

intentionally preventing pregnancy from occuring

Faithfulness

staying with your marriage partner and only having sex with them

Homosexuality

sexual attraction to the same sex

Nuclear family

mother, father and children living as a unit

Pre-marital sex

sex before marriage

Procreation

making a new life

Promiscuity

having sex with a number of partners without commitment

Re-constituted family

where two sets of children (stepbrothers and stepsisters) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other

Re-marriage

marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage

Community Cohesion

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

Discrimination

treating people less favourably because of their ethnicity/gender/colour/sexuality/age/class

Ethnic minority

a member of an ethnic group (race) which is much smaller than the majority group

Interfaith marriages

marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions

Multi-ethnic society

many different races and cultures living together in one society

Multi-faith society

many different religions living together in one society

Prejudice

believing some people are inferior without even knowing them

Racial Harmony

different races/colours living together happily

Racism

the belief that some races are superior to others

Religious freedom

the right to practise your religion and change your religion

Religious pluralism

accepting all religions as having an equal right to coexist

Sexism

discriminating against poeple because of their gender (being male or female)

Inclusivism

the belief that other religions should be respected and that their religion may contain some truth so people of other religions can go to Heaven

Exclusivism

the belief that only one religion has a truth so they should try and convert others and that only people of this religion will go to Heaven

Polytheism

the belief in more than one God

Monotheism

the belief that there is only one God

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