RE Keywords - Paper 1 - Religion and life

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All Keywords from GCSE RE Religion and Life, Paper 1

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Abortion The removal of a foetus before it can survive
Adultery A sexual act between a married person and someone other than their marriage partner
Agnosticism Not being sure whether God exists
Assisted Suicide Providing a seriously ill person with the means to commit suicide.
Atheism Believing that God does not exist.
Civil Partnership A legal ceremony giving a homosexual couple the same legal rights as husband and wife.
Cohabitation Living together without being married.
Community Cohesion A common vision and shared sense of belonging for all groups in society.
Contraception Intentionally preventing pregnancy from occurring.
Conversion When your life is changed by giving yourself to God.
Discrimination treating people less favourably because of their ethnicity, gender, colour or class.
Ethnic Minority A member of an ethnic group (race) which is much smaller than the majority group.
Euthanasia The painless killing of someone dying from a painful disease.
Faithfulness staying with your marriage partner and having sex with only them.
Free Will The idea that human beings are free to make their own choices.
Homosexuality Sexual attraction to the same sex.
Immortality of the Soul The idea that the soul lives on after the death of the body.
Interfaith marriage Marriage where the husband and wife are from different religions.
Miracle Something which seems to break a law of science and makes you think only God could have done it.
Moral Evil Actions done by humans which cause suffering.
Multi-Ethnic Society Many different races and cultures living together in one society.
Multi-faith society Many different religions living together in one society.
Natural Evil Things which cause suffering but has nothing to do with humans.
Near-death experience When someone about to die has an out of body experience.
Non-voluntary Euthanasia Ending someones life painlessly when they are unable to ask, but you do have good reason for thinking they would want you to do so.
Nuclear Family Mother, Father and children living as a unit.
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.
Paranormal Unexplained things which are thought to have spiritual causes, for example, ghosts, mediums.
Prayer An attempt to contact God, usually through words.
Prejudice Believing some people are inferior or superior without even knowing them.
Pre-marital sex Sex before marriage.
Procreation Making new life.
Promiscuity Having sex with a number of partners without commitment.
Quality of life The idea that life must have some benefits for it to be worth living.
Racial Harmony Different ethnic groups living together peacefully.
Racism The idea that some ethnic groups are superior to others.
Re-constituted Family Where two sets of children (set brothers and step sisters) become one family when their divorced parents marry each other.
Reincarnation The belief that, after death, the souls are reborn in a new body.
Religious Experience An experience that makes the person having the experience feel the presence of God.
Religious freedom The right to practise your religion and change your religion.
Religious pluralism Accepting all religions as having an equal right to co-exist.
Re-marriage Marrying again after being divorced from a previous marriage.
Resurrection The belief that, after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world.
Sanctity of life 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 only god has the right to take it.
Sexism Discriminating against people because of their gender.
Voluntary euthanasia Ending life painlessly when someone in great pain asks for death.
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