Grangefield

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RE

RE is not just about learning facts and figures.

Religion can be considered the most important influence on the lives of everyone in the world. Even if we think that we do not believe in any religion, and that it is nothing to do with us, nevertheless, it affects a great many aspects of our everyday lives, wherever we live. Religious belief has been with humanity since the very beginning. It is an attempt to explain those things for which we do not otherwise have an answer: why are we born, why do we suffer, what happens to us when we die?

Furthermore:

In studying religious doctrines, rituals, narratives, and scriptures, we gain rich insight into the ways in which communities create, sustain and transform themselves

As citizens in a multicultural world we enjoy unprecedented opportunities to encounter people whose religious beliefs and practices are very different from what we know. Such encounters make it all the more important that we cultivate our ability to understand and interpret what other people do and say.

When we study religious values, beliefs, and practices we shed light on the sources of some of human kinds most intractable problems and conflicts. Many study religion in the hope that such knowledge may assist in the human quest for peace, justice and compassion.

The study of RE teaches one to listen attentively, speak thoughtfully, and write persuasively.

Our GCSE course follows the AQA Specification A and covers two of the major world religions, Christianity and Islam and four contemporary ethical themes. Students will be challenged with questions about belief, values, meaning, purpose and truth, enabling them to develop their own attitudes towards religious issues.

Students will also gain an appreciation of how religion, philosophy and ethics form the basis of our culture. They will develop analytical and critical thinking skills, the ability to work with abstract ideas, leadership and research skills. All these skills will help prepare them for further study.

An outline of the themes and content can be found below;

Christianity beliefs and Practices

Islam beliefs and practices

Relationships and families

Religion and life

Religion, peace and conflict

Religion, crime and punishment

The nature of God.

crucifixion, resurrection.

Sacraments.

Worship.

The nature of Allah.

The Prophets.

5 pillars.

The six articles of Faith.

Contraception.

Sexual relationships before marriage.

Homosexual relationships.

Abortion.

Euthanasia.

Animal experimentation.

Violence.

Weapons of mass destruction.

Pacifism.

Corporal punishment.

Death penalty.

Forgiveness