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AQA GCSE Revision Checklist

Islam: Beliefs and Teachings Revision Checklist

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider the influence of each belief in this section and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised.

The six articles of faith in Sunni Islam and five roots of Usul ad-Din in Shi'a Islam, including key similarities and differences.

  • Be able to identify and explain the six articles of faith in Sunni Islam
  • Be able to identify and explain the five roots of Usul ad-Din in Shi'a Islam
  • Be able to explain ways in which they are similar, and ways in which they are different
  • Explain the origins of Sunni and Shi’a Islam

 

The Oneness of God (Tawhid}, Qur'an Surah 112.

  • Be able to recall Surah 112. You should have learned this off by heart and recognise its name. The examiner could ask you a question on ‘Surah 112.’ You need to be able to pack this apart and explain the unique nature of God in Islam (as neither begotten or begot, and with none comparable to him.)
  • Be able to explain the unforgiveable sin of Islam: Shirk.
  • Be able to explain the concept of Tawhid (the Oneness of God)
  • Be able to explain the supremacy of God’s will.

 

The nature of God: omnipotence, beneficence, mercy, fairness and justice (Adalat in Shi'a Islam), including different ideas about God's relationship with the world: immanence and transcendence.

  • Be able to explain God’s omnipotence, with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality
  • Be able to explain God’s beneficence, with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality
  • Be able to explain God’s mercy, with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality
  • Be able to explain God’s fairness, with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality
  • Be able to explain God’s Justice (Adalat in Shi’a Islam) with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality
  • Be able to explain God’s relationship with the world including immanence and transcendence, with evidence both for and against God possessing this quality and an exploration of how it can be possible to be both immanent and transcendent.

 

Angels, their nature and role, including Jibril and Mika'il.

  • Be able to explain what angels are
  • Be able to explain the nature of angels (what they are like, what qualities they have, what kind of being they are, ability to take human form, hierarchy.)
  • Be able to explain the roles of angels: guardian angels, messengers of God, recorders of deeds good and bad, present at Friday prayer, blowing a trumpet on the day of judgement, providing nourishment.
  • Be able to explain the importance and role of Jibril
  • Be able to explain the importance and role of Mika’il

 

Predestination and human freedom and its relationship to the Day of Judgement.

  • Be able to explain what predestination is from both a Sunni and a Shi’a point of view
  • Be able to explain how predestination links to human freedom (does it support or contradict the idea that humans are free to make decisions?)
  • Be able to explain how predestination links to the Day of Judgement (consider whether it is fair for God to judge those he has predetermined.)

 

Life after death (Akhirah}, human responsibility and accountability, resurrection, heaven and hell.

  • Be able to explain key what Akhirah is
  • Be able to explain the link between human responsibility and accountability and Akhirah (the belief that humans are responsible for their actions and their judgement and eventual afterlife in heaven or hell is a result of these actions. This is the way in which God holds humans responsible and accountable for their actions)
  • Be able to explain what happens on the day of judgement
  • Be able to explain resurrection
  • Be able to explain beliefs in Islam about heaven and hell. You should be able to explain different interpretations of both heaven and hell.

 

Prophethood (Risalah) including the role and importance of Adam, Ibrahim and Muhammad,

  • Be able to explain prophethood (Risalah)
  • Be able to explain the role and importance of Adam
  • Be able to explain the role and importance of Ibrahim
  • Be able to explain the role and importance of Muhammad
  • Be able to compare these prophets and explain why each is important and why one might be considered more important that the others.

 

The holy books: • Qur'an: revelation and authority • the Torah, the Psalms, the Gospel, the Scrolls of Abraham and their authority

  • Be able to explain key beliefs about and  the relative importance of the Qur’an, Torah, Psalms, Gospel, Scrolls of Abraham
  • Be able to explain how important revelation is to Muslims
  • Be able to explain why they have authority in the life of Muslims
  • Be able to explain what role these books play in the lives of Muslims
  • Be able to explain limitations with these books, and consider what other sources a Muslims may need in their lives.

 

The imamate in Shi'a Islam: its role and significance

  • Be able to explain what the imamate is in Shi’a Islam.
  • Be able to explain its role
  • Be able to explain its significance (how important it is)
  • Consider how important this is in comparison to other sources of authority.

 

 

Islam: Practices Revision Checklist

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

 

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised

Five Pillars of Sunni Islam and the Ten Obligatory Acts of Shi'a Islam (students should study the Five Pillars and jihad in both Sunni and Shi'a Islam and the additional duties of Shi'a Islam),

  • Be able to identify and explain the five pillars of Sunni Islam
  • Be able to identify and explain the ten obligatory acts of Shi’a Islam
  • Be able to explain the similarities and differences between these two lists

 

Shahadah: declaration of faith and its place in Muslim practice.

  • Be able to explain what the shahadah is, why Muslims say it and when they say it.
  • Be able to explain the difference in the shahadah in Sunni and Shi’a Islam, and explain why this occurs
  • Be able to explain why this is such an important (potentially the most important) of the five pillars of Islam.

 

Salah and its significance: how and why Muslims pray including times, directions, ablution (wudu), movements (rak'ahs) and recitations; salah in the home and mosque and elsewhere; Friday prayer (Jummah); key differences in the practice of salah in Sunni and Shi'a Islam, and different Muslim views about the importance of prayer

  • Be able to explain salah and why is it is so important to Muslims (think about why Muslims pray.)
  • Be able to explain prayer times
  • Be able to explain what directions Muslims face when they pray and why
  • Be able to explain alution (wudu)
  • Be able to explain the movements of prayer (rak’ahs)
  • Be able to explain the recitations used in prayer (and to consider which parts of these prayers are most important, consider parts of the prayer which are personalisable compared to the more set parts of the prayer.)
  • Be able to explain why Muslims may pray in the home and how important this is (especially compared to prayer in the mosque or elsewhere)
  • Be able to explain why Muslims may pray in the mosque and how important this is (especially compared to prayer at home or elsewhere)
  • Be able to explain why Muslims may pray elsewhere and how important this is (especially compared to prayer in the mosque or at home)
  • Be able to explain why Muslims pray Friday prayer (Jummah) and how important this is (especially compared to the daily prayers)
  • Be able to explain key differences in the way in which Sunni and Shi’a Muslims pray.
  • Be able to explain different beliefs in Islam about how important prayer is and why

 

Sawm: the role and significance of fasting during the month of Ramadan including origins, duties, benefits of fasting, the exceptions and their reasons, and the Night of Power, Qur'an 96:1-5,

  • Be able to explain what sawm is
  • Be able to explain what the role of fasting is in the month of Ramadan
  • Be able to explain the origins of sawm
  • Be able to explain the duties required in sawm
  • Be able to explain the exceptions to sawm and why these exceptions are made (evaluate whether it is permissible for Muslims to be excused from fasting.)
  • Be able to explain the events of the Night of Power
  • Be able to recall Qur’an 96 1-5 (the commandment of Jibril for Muhammad to recite the Qur’an.)

 

• Zakah: the role and significance of giving alms including origins, how and why it is given, benefits of receipt, Khums in Shi'a Islam

  • Be able to explain Zakah
  • Be able to explain the role of Zakah in the life of a Muslim
  • Be able to evaluate how important it is to give alms
  • Be able to explain the origins of almsgiving
  • Be able to explain why alms are given (evaluate the different reasons that Muslims have for giving alms and coming to a conclusion about which reason is the most important.)
  • Be able to explain how alms are given (the relevant amounts and exceptions to giving alms)
  • Be able to explain the benefits of giving and receiving alms
  • Be able to explain Khums in Shi’a Islam
  • Be able to explain the contrasting ways that Muslims give alms

 

Hajj: the role and significance of the pilgrimage to Makkah including origins, how hajj is performed, the actions pilgrims perform at sites including the Ka'aba at Makkah, Mina, Arafat, Muzdalifah and their significance,

  • Be able to explain what Hajj is
  • Be able to explain the role of hajj in the life of a believer
  • Be able to explain the origins of hajj
  • Be able to explain how hajj is performed
  • Be able to explain the actions at the Ka’aba and why these actions are important to Muslims
  • Be able to explain the actions at Makkah and why these actions are important to Muslims
  • Be able to explain the actions at Mina and why these actions are important to Muslims
  • Be able to explain the actions at Arafat and why these actions are important to Muslims
  • Be able to explain the actions at Muzdalifah and why these actions are important to Muslims
  • To consider the above actions and compare how significant these are to Muslims, considering which are the most significant and why

 

 

Jihad: different understandings of jihad: the meaning and significance of greater and lesser jihad; origins, influence and conditions for the declaration of lesser jihad.

  • Be able to explain what jihad is
  • Be able to explain different understandings of jihad
  • Be able to explain the meaning and significance of greater jihad
  • Be able to explain the meaning and significance of lesser jihad
  • Be able to explain the origins of both forms of jihad
  • Be able to explain the conditions for the declaration of lesser jihad and how these have influenced Muslims
  • Be able to evaluate the place of jihad in the modern day
  • Be able to explain evaluate which form of jihad is most important

 

Festivals and commemorations and their importance for Muslims in Great Britain today, including the origins and meanings of ld-ul-Adha, ld-ul-Fitr, Ashura.

  • Be able to explain Id-ul-Adha
    • Its origins (the original story in the Qur’an)
    • Its importance
    • How it is celebrated
    • How important it is to Muslims in Great Britain today
    • Different ways in which it is celebrated and how appropriate these are in the modern day
  • Be able to explain Id-ul-Fitr
    • Its origins (the original story in the Qur’an)
    • Its importance
    • How it is celebrated
    • How important it is to Muslims in Great Britain today
    • Different ways in which it is celebrated and how appropriate these are in the modern day
  • Be able to explain Ashura
    • Its origins (the historical event)
    • Its importance
    • How it is commemorated
    • How important it is to Muslims in Great Britain today
    • Different ways in which it is commemorated and how appropriate these are in the modern day

 

 

Christianity: Beliefs and Teachings Revision Checklist

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider the influence of each belief in this section and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

 

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised

The nature of God: • God as omnipotent, loving and just, and the problem of evil and suffering • the oneness of God and the Trinity: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

  • Be able to explain the belief that God is omnipotent, with evidence and an explanation of how important this belief is (both individually and in comparison to the other beliefs about God’s nature.) You should also consider evidence for and against God possessing this quality and a response to the assertion that he does not (i.e. the problem of evil and suffering and relevant theodicies.)
  • Be able to explain the belief that God is loving, with evidence and an explanation of how important this belief is (both individually and in comparison to the other beliefs about God’s nature.) You should also consider evidence for and against God possessing this quality and a response to the assertion that he does not (i.e. the problem of evil and suffering and relevant theodicies.)
  • Be able to explain the belief that God is just, with evidence and an explanation of how important this belief is (both individually and in comparison to the other beliefs about God’s nature.) You should also consider evidence for and against God possessing this quality and a response to the assertion that he does not (i.e. the problem of evil and suffering and relevant theodicies.)
  • Be able to explain the problem of evil and suffering (see also above.)
  • Be able to explain the theodicies
    • Life is a test
    • We cannot understand the mind or plan of God
    • Evil and suffering gives us the chance to be like Jesus (as healers)
    • Evil and suffering gives us the chance to share the experience of Jesus (who suffered greatly on the cross.)
    • Free will defence
    • The story of Job as support for ‘the plan of God’ and ‘life as a test’ arguments
  • Be able to explain the oneness of God
  • Be able to explain the trinity (both arguments for and against this belief.) Including the Nicene Creed, the Apostles Creed, the baptism of Jesus and an analysis of the meaning of the commandment to ‘put no other God’s’ before God (10 commandments.)
  • Be able to explain the role and person of God the Father
  • Be able to explain the role and person of God the Son
  • Be able to explain the role and person of God the Holy Spirit
  • Be able to explain the relation that each person of the trinity has to the others.

 

• Different Christian beliefs about creation including the role of Word and Spirit (John 1 :1-3 and Genesis 1 :1-3). You must know these – they are the two different creation stories.

  • Be able to explain different Christian beliefs about creation
    • Fundamentalist interpretation
    • Liberal interpretation
  • Be able to explain the role of the Word
  • Be able to explain the role of the Spirit
  • Be able to recount and explain John 1: 1- 3
  • Be able to recount and explain Gensis 1: 1-3
  • Be able to explain whether the creation story is compatible with modern scientific explanations of the universe and life on earth (Big Bang Theory, Theory of Evolution.)

 

Different Christian beliefs about the afterlife and their importance, including: resurrection and life after death; judgement, heaven and hell.

  • Be able to explain Christian beliefs about the afterlife and how important these beliefs are in the lives of believers
  • Be able to explain resurrection
  • Be able to explain life after death
  • Be able to explain judgement
  • Be able to explain different Christian beliefs about heaven
  • Be able to explain different Christian beliefs about hell
  • Be able to explain different Christian beliefs about purgatory
  • Be able to evaluate how a loving God would organise afterlife (i.e. with or without purgatory and hell)
  • Be able to evaluate how a just God would organise afterlife (i.e. with or without purgatory and hell)

 

Beliefs and teachings about: • the incarnation and Jesus as the Son of God • the crucifixion, resurrection and ascension • sin, including original sin • the means of salvation, including law, grace and Spirit • the role of Christ in salvation including the idea of atonement.

  • Be able to explain the incarnation of Jesus as the Son of God (one of the persons of the trinity)
    • Evidence for this
    • Evaluation of whether he was, in fact, the Son of God
    • Nativity story and annunciation story
  • Be able to explain the crucifixion
    • Evidence for this
    • Different beliefs about this
    • Good Friday (what do Christians do and why)
    • The importance of this compared to the birth, resurrection and ascension of Jesus
    • What the crucifixion means for Christians
  • Be able to explain the resurrection
    • Evidence for this
    • Different beliefs about this
    • Easter Sunday (what do Christians do and why)
    • The importance of this compared to the birth, crucifixion and ascension of Jesus
    • What the resurrection means for Christians
  • Be able to explain the ascension
    • Evidence for this
    • Different beliefs about this
    • The Feast of the Ascension (what do Christians do and why)
    • The importance of this compared to the birth, crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus
    • What the ascension means for Christians
  • Be able to explain sin
  • Be able to explain original sin and what this means for Christians (bear in mind different denominations.)
  • Be able to explain the means of salvation
    1. Grace
    2. Works/law
    3. Spirit
    4. Be able to evaluate, using denominational beliefs and Biblical quotes the means of salvation for Christians.
    5. Be able to explain the interplay of these three (i.e. the beliefs of some denominations that one/two/all three of these are required for salvation and why.)
  • Be able to explain the role that Christ plays in salvation, including the meaning of atonement.

 

 

Christianity: Practices Revision Checklist

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised

• Different forms of worship and their significance: • liturgical, non-liturgical and informal, including the use of the Bible • private worship

  • Be able to explain liturgical worship
    • Denominations which practice liturgical worship
    • Examples of liturgical worship (including in the Bible)
    • Strengths and weaknesses of liturgical worship
  • Be able to explain non liturgical worship
    • Denominations which practice non- liturgical worship
    • Examples of on- liturgical worship (including in the Bible)
    • Strengths and weaknesses of liturgical worship
  • Be able to explain informal worship
    • Denominations which practice informal worship
    • Examples of informal worship (including in the Bible)
    • Strengths and weaknesses of  informal worship
  • Be able to explain the use of the Bible in worship.
  • Be able to explain what private worship is
    • Examples of private worship (including in the Bible)
    • Strengths and weaknesses of  private worship

 

 

• Prayer and its significance, including the Lord’s Prayer, set prayers and informal prayer

  • Be able to explain prayer and its significance (why it is important to Christians.)
  • Be able to give examples of prayers (both Biblical and those practiced today)
  • Be able to recall the Lord’s prayer, explain what each part means, and be able to make links between this prayer and other areas of the course such as Eucharist, salvation, forgiveness, reconciliation and the work of the worldwide and local church to help others. Be able to explain why Christians say the Lord ’s Prayer.
  • Be able to explain what set prayers are (with examples) and give strengths and weaknesses of using set prayers.
  • Be able to explain what informal prayers are (with examples) and give strengths and weaknesses of using

 

• The role and meaning of the sacraments: • the meaning of sacrament • the sacrament of baptism and its significance for Christians; infant and believers' baptism; different beliefs about infant baptism • the sacrament of Holy Communion/Eucharist and its significance for Christians, including different ways in which it is celebrated and different interpretations of its meaning.

  • Be able to explain the role and meaning of the sacraments (up to 7 in Roman Catholicism, 2 in Protestant Christianity and none for Quakers). What each one is for and what each one means for the believer.
  • Be able to explain what the term sacrament means.
  • Be able to explain the sacrament of baptism.
    • Bible story of Jesus’ baptism
    • The Great Commission and how it links to baptism
    • Infant baptism (what is it/ for/ against/ Biblical support for it.)
    • Adult/believer’s baptism (what is it/ for/ against/ Biblical support for it.)
  • Be able to explain Holy Communion/ Eucharist.
    • Be able to explain why it is important
    • Be able to explain the Biblical origins of the Eucharist (Last Supper.)
    • Be able to explain different ways it is celebrated
    • Be able to explain different interpretations of its meaning.
    • Be able to evaluate the different ways in which it is practiced and identify areas of contrast.

 

The role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations including: • two contrasting examples of Christian pilgrimage: Lourdes and Iona • the celebrations of Christmas and Easter, including their importance for Christians in Great Britain today.

  • Be able to explain what a pilgrimage is
  • Be able to explain why pilgrims visit Iona
  • Be able to explain why pilgrims visit Lourdes
  • Be able to explain the Easter story and its celebration today
  • Be able to explain the Christmas story and its celebration today.
  • Be able to explain why both Christmas and Easter are important to Christians, and evaluate which is the most important.
  • Be able to explain its importance specifically in relation to Christians in Great Britain today.

 

The role of the Church in the local community, including food banks and street pastors

  • Be able to explain the role of the Church in the local community
    • Be able to explain what food banks are, with a specific example and make links between this provision and biblical teachings
    • Be able to explain what street pastors are, with a specific example and make links between this provision and biblical teachings.

 

The place of mission, evangelism and Church growth.

  • Be able to explain what mission is and why it is important to Christians. You should be able to give a specific example and Biblical examples in support.
  • Be able to explain what evangelism is and why it is important to Christians. You should be able to give a specific example and Biblical examples in support.
  • Be able to explain trends in Church growth, with a specific example.

 

The importance of the worldwide Church including: • working for reconciliation • how Christian churches respond to persecution • the work of one of the following: Catholic Agency For Overseas Development (CAFOD), Christian Aid, Tearfund.

  • Be able to explain the importance of reconciliation to the worldwide church, giving examples of when reconciliation is required, and giving examples of organisations that work for reconciliation.
  • Be able to explain what Christian persecution is (both in Biblical times and in the modern day.) Be able to explain a specific example of persecution (Pastor Baba George.)
  • Be able to explain how Christian churches respond to persecution.
  • Be able to explain the work of CAFOD, Christian Aid and Tearfund. Be able to explain the Biblical basis for doing relief work.

 

 

Thematic Studies: Revision Checklist – Relationships and Families

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

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Students should study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues. They must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and one or more other religious traditions: • Contraception. • Sexual relationships before marriage. • Homosexual relationships.

  • Be able to explain how different denominations of Christianity approach these issues, and to know that a question on these might be worded ‘Give two contrasting view in contemporary British society about…’ and know to JUST WRITE THE VIEWPOINT OF TWO CONSTRATING DENOMINATIONS of Christianity:
    • Contraception
    • Sexual relationships before marriage
    • Homosexual relationships

 

Human sexuality including heterosexual and homosexual relationships.

 

  • Be able to explain why some Christians condemn homosexuality and why some allow homosexuality.
  • To be able to explain current and past laws relating to homosexual relationships.
  • To be able to explain heterosexual relationships, and the contrasting laws surrounding heterosexual relationships, in comparison to homosexual relationships.

 

Sexual relationships before and outside of marriage.

 

  • To be able to explain the difference between sex before and outside of marriage (adultery)
  • To be able to explain different Christian approaches to sex before and outside marriage.
  • To understand current trends in contemporary British society relating to sex before and outside of marriage.

 

Contraception and family planning.

  • Be able to explain natural and artificial contraception and the approaches of different denominations to these.

 

The nature and purpose of marriage.

  • Be able to explain the nature and purpose of marriage.
  • Be able to explain the form and purpose of secular (non-religious) marriage
  • Religious marriage (and the different approaches in Christianity towards this.)
  • Be able to explain same-sex marriage (and civil partnership)
  • Be able to explain cohabitation

 

Divorce, including reasons for divorce, and remarrying.

To be able to explain divorce, including reasons for divorce, and remarrying.

To be able to explain ethical arguments related to divorce, including those based on the sanctity of marriage vows and compassion.

To be able to explain

 

Families

Be able to explain the nature of families, including:

  • the role of parents and children
  • Extended families and the nuclear family.
  • The purpose of families, including:
  • procreation
  • stability and the protection of children
  • Educating children in a faith.

Be able to explain contemporary family issues including:

  • same-sex parents
  • Polygamy.
  • The roles of men and women in the family

 

Gender Equality

• The roles of men and women.

• Gender equality.

• Gender prejudice and discrimination, including examples.

 

 

Thematic Studies: Revision Checklist – Religion and Life

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised

Students should study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues. They must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and one or more other religious traditions: • Abortion. • Euthanasia. • Animal Experimentation.

  • Be able to explain how different denominations of Christianity approach these issues, and to know that a question on these might be worded ‘Give two contrasting view in contemporary British society about…’ and know to JUST WRITE THE VIEWPOINT OF TWO CONSTRATING DENOMINATIONS of Christianity:
    • Abortion
    • Euthanasia
    • Animal Experimentation

 

Origins and value of the universe/world

 

  • Be able to explain different Christian interpretations of the origins of the universe including the Genesis creation account and the Big Bang Theory.
  • Be able to explain religious arguments for and against different accounts of creation.
  • Be able to explain the natural wonder of the world and how God’s existence can be demonstrated through observation of the natural wonder of the world.
  • Be able to explain the value of the world and humans duty to protect it, including Christian teaching about stewardship, dominion, responsibility, awe and wonder.

 

The use and abuse of the environment

 

  • Be able to explain how the environment is used abused through different types of pollution and overuse of natural resources.
  • Be able to explain how Christians have responded to the abuse of the environment, including specific examples of responses.
  • To understand concept and impact of reduce, reuse, recycle on tackling pollution.

 

The use and abuse of animals

  • Be able to explain how animals are abused i.e. through animal experimentation and meat production.
  • Be able to distinguish between veganism and vegetarianism
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against animal experimentation.
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against veganism/vegetarianism.

 

The origins and value of life, including sanctity and quality of life

  • Be able to explain Christian teachings about the origins of human life, Adam and Eve Genesis account.
  • Be able to explain the relationship between scientific accounts of the origins of human life, evolution, and religious views.
  • Be able to explain the meaning of quality and sanctity of life as well as Christians attitudes towards these. You must understand the concept of dignity.

 

Abortion

  • Be able to explain the UK legal position on abortion, including situations when the mother’s life is at risk.
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against abortion.
  • Be able to explain how these arguments are related to sanctity of life and quality of life.

 

Euthanasia

  • Be able to explain the UK legal position on euthanasia. You should know specific case studies.
  • Be able to explain different forms of euthanasia including, voluntary, non-voluntary, involuntary, active and passive.
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against euthanasia.
  • Be able to explain how these arguments are related to sanctity of life and quality of life.

 

Beliefs about death and an afterlife

  • Be able to explain Christian beliefs about death and the afterlife linking to the Christian beliefs section of the course.
  • Be able to explain the impact of Christian beliefs about the value of human life.

 

 

Thematic Studies: Revision Checklist – Religion, Peace and Conflict

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

Content:

What you need to be able to do

Tick when revised

Students should study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues. They must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and one or more other religious traditions: • Violence. • Weapons of mass destruction. • Pacifism.

  • Be able to explain how different denominations of Christianity approach these issues, and to know that a question on these might be worded ‘Give two contrasting view in contemporary British society about…’ and know to JUST WRITE THE VIEWPOINT OF TWO CONSTRATING DENOMINATIONS of Christianity:
    • Violence
    • Weapons of mass destruction
    • Pacifism

 

The meaning and significance of, peace, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation

 

  • Be able to explain Christian understandings of peace, justice, forgiveness and reconciliation.
  • Be able to explain why each of the above concepts are significant.
  • Be able to link Christian quotes/sources of authority to these concepts

 

Violence and terrorism

 

  • Be able to explain different types of violence
  • Be able to explain Christians perspectives on violence linking to quotes/sources of authority.
  • Be able to explain what is meant by terrorism with examples of terrorist acts.
  • Be able to explain responses to terrorism and Christian views on terrorism.

 

Reasons for war

  • Be able to explain reasons for war including greed, self-defence and retaliation with examples.
  • Be able to explain Christian perspectives towards these reasons for war.

 

The just war theory

  • Be able to explain the just war theory and criteria which must be fulfilled when going to war and conditions which must be upheld during a war.
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against just war theory.
  • Be able to evaluate whether just war theory is the right approach to take when judging the morality of war.

 

Holy war and religious belief as a cause of war and violence

  • Be able to explain what is meant by a holy war with specific examples of holy wars.
  • Be able to explain the features of holy war. i.e. what makes them “holy.”
  • Be able to explain how religion can be a cause of war and violence within the contemporary world.
  • Be able to explain religion as a cause of war and violence within the UK.
  • Be able to explain Christian perspectives on holy war.

 

Pacifism  and religious peace-making

  • Be able to explain what is meant by pacifism and why it is considered as an alternative to conflict.
  • Be able to explain the work of a Christian pacifist organisation and a Christian peacemaker.
  • Be able to explain Christian arguments for and against pacifism and why some Christians are pacifists.

 

The use of weapons of mass destruction

  • Be able to explain the different types of weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.
  • Be able to explain Christian perspectives towards both the possession and use of weapons of mass destruction.
  • Be able to explain an organisation which campaigns for nuclear disarmament.
  • Be able to evaluate whether the use of weapons of mass destruction is justified.
  • Be able to evaluate whether the possession of weapons of mass destruction is justified.

 

Religious responses to victims of war

  • Be able to explain what can be done to help victims of war.
  • Be able to explain religious perspectives towards victims of war.
  • Be able to explain the work of at least one present-day organisation that supports victims of war.

 

 

Thematic Studies: Revision Checklist – Religion, Crime and Punishment

This list is not absolute. This is the essential content you need to have revised, however you need to be aware that you must also consider contrasting beliefs/practices for each element of the checklist and its importance (both individually, and in relation to other beliefs in this section.) You also need to check that you could explain two beliefs about each point of the checklist, with a quote.

Content:

What you need to be able to do

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Students should study religious teachings, and religious, philosophical and ethical arguments, relating to the issues that follow, and their impact and influence in the modern world. They should be aware of contrasting perspectives in contemporary British society on all of these issues. They must be able to explain contrasting beliefs on the following three issues with reference to the main religious tradition in Britain (Christianity) and one or more other religious traditions: • Corporal punishment. • Death penalty. •Forgiveness.

  • Be able to explain how different denominations of Christianity approach these issues, and to know that a question on these might be worded ‘Give two contrasting view in contemporary British society about…’ and know to JUST WRITE THE VIEWPOINT OF TWO CONSTRATING DENOMINATIONS of Christianity:
    • Corporal punishment
    • Death penalty
    • Forgiveness

 

Crime and punishment

  • Be able to define crime and punishment
  • Be able to understand the legal position regarding crime and punishment including different types of punishments served within the UK.

 

Good and evil intentions and actions

 

  • Be able to explain the difference between actions and intentions.
  • Be able to explain whether it is ever justified to cause suffering to another person.
  • Be able to explain the concepts of good and evil intentions and actions

 

Reasons for crime

  • Be able to explain the reasons why some people commit crimes, including poverty and upbringing, mental illness and addiction, greed and hate and opposition to unjust laws.
  • Be able to explain Christian attitudes towards the reasons why people commit crimes.

 

Views on people who break the law

  • Be able to understand and analyse Christian attitudes to lawbreakers.
  • Be able to distinguish Christian attitudes to those convicted of less serious crimes and those convicted of serious crimes, such as murder and hate crimes.

 

Views on different types of crime including hate crimes, theft and murder.

  • Be able to explain what is meant by hate crime with reference to an example.
  • Be able to explain Christian attitudes towards different types of crime.
  • Be able to explain Christian attitudes towards suffering and what they should do if they cause suffering to others.

 

The aims of punishment.

  • Be able to explain the three aims of punishment, retribution, deterrence and reformation.
  • Be able to explain Christian attitudes towards each of these aims of punishment.
  • Be able to explain the relationship between these aims of punishment.

 

Punishment and the treatment of criminals

  • Be able to explain the three forms of punishment; prison, corporal punishment and community service.
  • Be able to explain Christian attitudes towards these forms of punishment.
  • Be able to explain Christian perspectives on the correct treatment of criminals.

 

Forgiveness

  • Be able to explain Christian teachings and attitudes about forgiveness, including the moral duty for Christians to forgive those who sin against them.
  • Be able to explain a particular case study related to forgiveness.
  • Be able to explain how the concept of forgiveness is linked to Jesus Christ.

 

The death penalty, including ethical arguments for and against the death penalty

  • Be able to explain the UK legal position on the death penalty.
  • Be able to understand the argument for and against the death penalty.
  • Be able to explain ethical arguments related to the death penalty, including those based on the principle of utility and the sanctity of life.
  • Be able to explain Christian perspectives towards the death penalty with reference to contemporary Christian views.