Matters of Life and Death

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

  • Why Christians believe in life after death and how beliefs about life after death affect their lives. 
  • Why the followers of one religion other than Christianity 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 one religion other than Christianity 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 one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them. 
  • Arguments for and against the media being free to criticise what religions say about matters of life and death.

Required keywords:

  • 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

Take a definitions spin quiz:


B questions

Give two reasons for your opinion

  • Do you think the abortion law should change?

C questions

  • Explain why there are different views to abortion in Christianity
  • Explain why Christians believe in life after death
  • Explain why one religion other than Christianity believe in life after death
  • Explain how beliefs about life after death affect the lives of Christians
  • Explain how beliefs about life after death affect the lives of one religion other than Christianity
  • Explain why some Christians may agree and some may not agree with Euthanasia
  • Explain why some people do not believe in life after death

D questions

  •  “No religious person should have an abortion”
  • “There is no evidence that there is life after death”

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


Previous lesson materials

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