Marriage and Family Life

To have successfully revised for this topic you need to know the following:

  • Changing attitudes to marriage, divorce, family life and homosexuality in the UK and the reasons for them. 
  • Christian attitudes to sex outside marriage and the reasons for them. 
  • Attitudes to sex outside marriage in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them. 
  • Different Christian attitudes to divorce and the reasons for them. 
  • Different attitudes to divorce in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them.  
  • Christian teachings on family life and its importance. 
  • The teachings of one religion other than Christianity on family life and its importance. 
  • Christian attitudes to homosexuality and the reasons for them. 
  • Attitudes to homosexuality in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them. 
  • Different Christian attitudes to contraception and the reasons for them. 
  • Different attitudes to contraception in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them.

Required keywords:

  • adultery
  • civil partnership
  • cohabitation
  • contraception
  • faithfulness
  • homosexuality
  • nuclear family
  • pre-marital sex
  • procreation
  • promiscuity
  • re-constituted family
  • re-marriage

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B questions

For each of these, make sure you give two reasons for your opinion

  • Do you think that there is such a thing as the ‘perfect’ family?
  • Do you think it is good that attitudes to family life have changed?
  • Do you think all Christians should disagree with sex outside of marriage?
  • Do you think the attitude of Islam to sex outside of marriage is good for families?
  • Do you think all Christians should agree with divorce?

C questions

  • Explain the attitudes to sex outside of marriage in Christianity
  • Explain why attitudes to marriage & divorce have changed in the UK
  • Explain why the followers of Islam may allow divorce.
  • Explain why family life is important to Christians.
  • Explain why family life is important to Muslims. 
  • Explain why there are different Christian attitudes to homosexuality.
  • Explain why some followers of Islam accept homosexuality and some do not.
  • Explain why some Christians accept the use of contraception.
  • Explain why the followers of Islam do not accept the use of contraception.  

D questions

“All religions should be against using contraception”
In your answer you should refer to at least one religion OTHER than Christianity
(i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion.(3)
(ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you.(3)

D) “‘The best type of family is a nuclear family.’
In your answer you should refer to at least one religion OTHER than Christianity.
(i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion.(3)
(ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you.(3)

D) “Homosexual marriage ceremonies should be allowed in all religious buildings”
In your answer you should refer to at least one religion.
(i) Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion.(3)
(ii) Give reasons why some people may disagree with you.(3)


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