GCSE A* REVISION NOTES


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B603: Ethics

Religion and Human Relationships

Sex

“Flee from sexual immorality … your bodies are a temple of the Holy Spirit” 1 Corinthians 6:18-20

Roman Catholic

Protestants

Contraception

Marriage

“But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female’. For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife and the two will become one flesh” Mark 10:6-7

Symbolism

Divorce

Legal reasons for divorce

Roman Catholic

“What God has joined together, let no man separate. Anyone who divorce his wife and marries another commits adultery against her” Mark 10:10-11

Church of England Beliefs

Homosexuality and Gay marriage

2013: Same Sex Marriage Bill

Wolfenden Report (1967)

Bible

“You shall not lie with another man as with another women; that is an abomination” Leviticus 18:22

“Homosexual persons are no less than heterosexual persons are individuals of sacred worth … Although we do not condone the practise of homosexuality and consider this practise incompatible with Christian teachings” Book of discipline (1996)

Religion and Medical Ethics

Abortion

Abortion – The termination of a fetus

David Steel Act of 1967

Life begins

Catholic Teachings

 “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you” Jeremiah 1:5

Sanctity of Life

“God alone is Lord of life and death. Life begins at conception. Abortion at any point is murder” David Smith

Protestant Teachings

“Love your neighbour” Mark 12:31

“Do to others what you would have them do to you” Luke 6:31 Matthew 7:12

IVF

Catholic Teachings

Protestant

Euthanasia

Euthanasia – Good Death in Greek

Active Euthanasia – Actively killing someone (e.g. lethal injection)

Passive Euthanasia – Removal of life sustaining treatment (turning off life support)

Law in Netherlands

Sanctity of Life

“The Lord gives and the Lord takes away” Job 1:21

AGAPE

“Love your neighbour” Mark 12:31

Suicide

Animal Testing/Vivisection

“I am putting you in charge of the fish, birds and all the wild animals” Genesis 1:28

Dominion

Stewardship

Peter Singer (non-Christian)

Religion, Poverty and Wealth

“Blessed are you who are poor for yours is the kingdom of God” Luke 6:20-21 Sermon on the Mount

“It is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God” Mark 10:25

Charity

“So when you give to the needy do not announce it with trumpets” Matthew 6:2

“For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil” Matthew 6:24

“No one can serve two masters… You cannot serve God and money” 1 Timothy 6:10

Christian Charities

Christian Aid

Tearfund

CAFOD

Moral and Immoral Occupations


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