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10. Religious Teachings on Relationships and Families in the 21st Century

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Marriage
Formally recognising the union of two persons.
Atheism
A worldview where the idea of God is rejected.
Humanism
A worldview where people are central. There might be a God, but people are definitely the focus here.
Theism
A worldview where there is a God who made and sustains all things.
Civil ceremony
A non-religious wedding ceremony.
Cohabitation
Living together without being married.
Premarital sex
Fornication - or having sexual intercourse before getting married.
Celibacy
Abstinence - or choosing not to be sexually active.
Spirituality
Being connected to someone or something beyond oneself.
Adultery
Extramarital sex - an affair.
Consensual sex
Permitting sexual activity.
Unitive
Bringing together into a close bond.
Procreation
Making babies.
Nuclear family
Two parents and their children.
Blended family
A couple who bring children from previous relationships.
Extended family
When a wider circle of relatives lives together e.g. grandparents, aunts, uncles.
Contraception
Preventing conception.
Artificial contraception
The use of a condom, the pill, IUD to prevent sperm from reaching and fertilising the egg.
Permanent contraception
When a surgical procedure is used to prevent a man or woman from conceiving.
Natural contraception
Family planning that uses the timing of a woman's menstrual cycle to work out when best to avoid (or achieve) conception.
Pro-life
A group that typically argues for rights of the unborn child.
Pro-choice
A group that typically argues for the right for a woman to choose whether to have an abortion.
Secular
Non-religious.
Abortion
Termination of an unborn child/foetus/embryo.
Situation ethics
Making the best decision based on the circumstances or context you are in.
Ethics
Decisions about what is or isn't the right thing to do.
Divorce
The ending of a marriage agreement by a court of law.
Annulment
A (rare) declaration that a marriage was never valid.
Remarriage
Marrying when you have been previously married.
Covenant
An agreement or contract.
Matrimony
Sacrament: the joining of two people as one in marriage
Catechism
A summary of important Christian principles - usually in a question and answer form - written to help believers to learn them.
Domestic
Of the home.
Denomination
Different groups or churches within Christianity
Ordained
Being given an official role within the Church.
Prejudice
An attitude: pre-judging. Thinking that someone is inferior or less worthy.
Discrimination
An action: treating someone poorly based on gender, ethnicity, race, age, physical form.
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