Goffs School Religious Studies

Edexcel GCSE – Matters of Life & Death Unit

For this unit Edexcel expects students to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the specification; express their own responses to the issues and questions raised by the specification using reasons and evidence; evaluate alternative points of view about these issues and questions.

Key words — abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, immortality of the soul, near-death experience, non-voluntary euthanasia, paranormal, quality of life, reincarnation, resurrection, sanctity of life, voluntary euthanasia

 Key arears:

  • Why Christians believe in life after death and how beliefs about life after death affect their lives.
  • Why the followers of Buddhism believe in life after death and how beliefs about life after death affect their lives.
  • Non-religious reasons for believing in life after death (near-death experiences, ghosts, mediums, the evidence of reincarnation). Why some people do not believe in life after death.
  • The nature of abortion, including current British legislation, and why abortion is a controversial issue.
  • Different Christian attitudes to abortion and the reasons for them.
  • Different attitudes to abortion in Buddhism and the reasons for them.
  • The nature of euthanasia including current British legislation, and why euthanasia is a controversial issue.
  • Christian attitudes to euthanasia and the reasons for them.
  • Attitudes to euthanasia in Buddhism and the reasons for them.
  • Arguments for and against the media being free to criticise what religions say about matters of life and death.
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