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					 Local community           Parents           The Media




                                                  Culture and
Upbringing         What affects identity          Religion



 Family and friends

                                           Life Experiences
                                     A religious ‘family’ or
A company of people
                                     group




                         Community




A group of people with
something in common                  A fellowship of people
A ceremony to mark an                    A religious festival
event                                    or event




                          Celebration


A service or ritual
enacted to tradition                         A religious ceremony




                        A special occasion
 Something a person is expected to do or be, because:




- it is the law or part                   -of conscience or
of a contract                             religious beliefs


                            Duty


 - it is the accepted                  -it is expected as a
pattern of behaviour or                result of one’s job or
action                                 responsibility
Supreme Being              Deity




Ultimate Reality   God        The Divine




 The One behind
 everything              All Powerful Creator
                       I think
                                            Views are formed after
                         God
                                            reading sacred text
                        is….



                                            Own experiences




                                            Family background

Views on the nature of God are influenced
by a range of things:
Faith                   Doubt



Strong Belief            Feeling of uncertainty



Trust in                 Undecided by
                         something



To have confidence in    Hesitation to believe
Meaning…                  Meaning….

•He is equal               •The one
with God,      LORD        who pays
his Father                 the ransom
•He is ruler   REDEEMER    price to set
of the world               others free
and of                     •The
heaven                     bringer of
•The one                   forgiveness
who directs                •The one
or guides a                who gives
believers                  eternal life
life
A sense of fear, and at the           Completely overwhelmed
same time reverence                   by a sense of God’s
                                      presence




                              AWE




So struck by the beauty of          So filled with amazement
something that you are left         or wonder that you feel
breathless and speechless           humble and insignificant
Something
                                                Something
which                                           shown or
(or someone                                     explained
who) enables                                    that was
others to learn
                                                previously
more or see                                     hidden
something for
themselves,              Revelation
about God, life
or eternity


                  Taking away whatever hides
                  knowledge and understanding
                  about something
Atheist    Someone who
           believes God does not
           exist

Theist     Someone who
           believes God does
           exist


           Someone who is
Agnostic   unsure about the
           existence of God
                                         Christians
Muslims
                                         •One
• One (Tawhid)
                                         •All Powerful-Omnipotent
•Transcendent
                                         •All knowing –
•All-Knowing
                                         Omniscient
•Creator of the world and
                              God is….   •Creator of the world,
humans
                                         creatures and humans
•Merciful and gracious
                                         •Trinity – Father, Son,
•Requires Submission to                  Holy Spirit
him in obedience
                                         •Best seen in Jesus
•Sent his last and greatest
                                         •Wants a relationship with
Prophet to lead and guide
                                         humans
His people
                                         •Will judge the world
•Will Judge the world
Agnostic                         •Atheist
•It is not possible              •There is no god in
to know for certain              reality other than
if there is a God,               in one’s own
or what He is like               imagination
                      God is….
•Some people                     •‘God’ is an idea
believe He exists,               from the past that
but it cannot be                 is no longer
proven – it is                   needed to explain
beyond human                     the unknown or
understanding                    mysterious
Why do festivals and      What do believers
celebrations?             gain from them?
•Strengthening of faith   •Historical origins
•Worldwide                •Important people
•Witnessing               •Sense of community
•Interpreting and
                          •Celebrating
applying
                          •Teaching
•Conforming
                     Festivals and Celebrations


 Praying and singing                       Celebrating Easter
 together in church



Praying on your own                        Celebrating Christmas
at home



 Sharing Eucharist                          Making an offering of
                                            money
                  Festivals and Celebrations


Observance of Salah                     Jummah prayers




Celebrating Eid-Ul-Fitr              Celebrating
                                     Eid-Ul-Adha
Christians believe that Jesus is                  ‘Water’ is one of the most
the best way that people can                      common ideas used to explain
                                                  Trinity. The chemical formula for
know about God. So the cross,
                                                  water is H2O but as water it is in
which is a reminder of the death
                                                  liquid form, as ice it is a solid and
and resurrection of Jesus, is a                   as steam it is a vapour. Ice, water,
helpful reminder of belief in God                 steam are very different things-
and His character.                                but each is still H2O.
Christians believe that God is                    So with the Trinity, although there
one, but he is known or                           are three ‘persons’, the three are
experienced through three             The Cross   God-as-one. Each person is an
distinct persons: Father, Son and                 aspect of God’s nature which
Holy Spirit. They call this ‘The                  humans are able to perceive and
Trinity’. Christians do not                       begin to understand. In this way,
pretend that this belief is easy to               Christians believe that God is
understand or explain, but many                   three-in-one. But the most
different examples are used to                    complete revelation of God, say
help understanding.                               Christians, is through Jesus Christ.
                                                  They believe him to be God’s Son,
                                                  born of the Virgin Mary and yet
                                                  also a human being – ‘God in the
                                                  flesh’ This was how he was able
                                                  to ‘reveal’ to people something of
                                                  God’s true nature.
Muslims believe in                 Muslims use a
One God, Allah,                    subhah which is a
from whom all                      string of beads.
things were                        Each bead
‘created’. The                     represents on of the
belief in the unity                qualities of Allah.
of Allah is called                 Many Muslims use
Tawhid. In the                     the beads daily as
revelation of the     The Subhah   an aid to worship
Qur’an, Allah is
given 99 attributes
or names.
         Miracle
                                                  Prayer




                            How do people
Act of benevolence                                   An Inner feeling
                            experience God




       Natural beauty and                    Reading sacred text
        wonder of nature
Praying together or
                            Sharing the faith         Gathering with
   on their own
                                                      others to pray,
                                                     read, study, sing

     Prayer               Preaching
                         and teaching                   Worship

                      How do people respond         Vocation
    Act of                   to God
   Kindness
                                                          Working for God
                          Changing
   Helping in the
                           lifestyle
    community                                   Pilgrimage

         Retreat or
          Study            Changing rules             Travelling to holy
                          and expectations                 places

  Get away to study
    and worship
                                                    Actively helping
                                                 someone to die when
                           Voluntary              they have asked for
                                                    this to avoid any
                                                     more suffering



                                                    When any form of
  Euthanasia                                      treatment allowing a
                            ‘Passive’               person to be kept
                                                   alive is withdrawn.
                                                  For example when a
                                                  life support machine
                                                      is switched off



                                                    Ending the life of
                          Compulsory              someone who has not
                                                    asked for it. Also
                                                     known as ethnic
                                                        cleansing

SANCTITY OF LIFE – ALL LIFE IS HOLY AND SACRED
                        RELIGIOUS SYMBOLS

• The Cross                                 •The Hijab
•The Fish Sign                              •The Chador
•Crucifix                                   •The Star and Crescent
•Vestments                                  Moon

•Salvationist Uniform

				
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