Religion: environmental and medical issues

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

  • Global warming — its causes and possible solutions. 
  • Forms of pollution and their possible solutions. 
  • The scarcity of natural resources and how this poses a threat to the future of the planet, with possible solutions. 
  • Christian teachings on stewardship and their effects on Christian attitudes to the environment. 
  • The teachings of one religion other than Christianity on stewardship and their effects on its followers in their attitudes to the environment. 
  • The nature and importance of medical treatments for infertility. 
  • Different attitudes to infertility treatments among Christians and the reasons for them. 
  • Attitudes to infertility treatments in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them. 
  • The nature and importance of transplant surgery. 
  • Different attitudes to transplant surgery in Christianity and the reasons for them. 
  • Different attitudes to transplant surgery in one religion other than Christianity and the reasons for them.

Required keywords:

  • artificial insemination
  • conservation
  • creation
  • embryo
  • environment
  • global warming
  • infertility
  • in-vitro fertilisation
  • natural resources
  • organ donation
  • stewardship
  • surrogacy

Take a definitions spin quiz:


B questions

Give two reasons for your opinion

  • Do you think that surrogacy should be legal?
  • Do you think it is important to find solutions to Global warming?
  • Do you think there is a solution to pollution?
  • Do you think a lack of natural resources causes problems in the world?
  • Do you think Human rights are important for Christians?
  • Do you think everyone should vote?
  • Do you think the Golden Rule is a good guideline?
  • Do you think Christians should accept the use of genetic engineering?
  • Do you think humans should be cloned?
  • Do you think human rights need more protection?

C questions

  • Explain why the scarcity of natural resources poses a threat to the future of the planet
  • Explain why one religion other than Christianity believe in stewardship
  • Explain different attitudes to fertility treatments in Christianity
  • Explain why Christians believe in stewardship

D questions

“Fertility treatments should only be allowed with the parents’ egg/sperm"

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)

“The UK should go to an opt-out system for organ donation”
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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