Edexcel GCSE RS Unit C3


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A short presentation to help my students revise the topic of Marriage and Family Life (C3) for Edexcel GCSE Religious Studies. Very simple.

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  • Catholic Church does not disallow divorce - divorce is a severance of legal marriage - Catholic Church doesn't recognise it - marriage is a sacrament - therefore indissoluble but the legal dimension can be severed.
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  • Edexcel GCSE RS Unit C3

    1. 1. C3: MARRIAGE AND FAMILY LIFE Key Ideas Thursday, February 5, 2009
    2. 2. NOTES When answering “Explain” questions, always remember to include your BCG: B - What does the Bible say? C - The Catechism or the Creeds G - The example of God the Son (Jesus) Thursday, February 5, 2009
    3. 3. SEX OUTSIDE MARRIAGE Pre-marital Sex Catholics (and most other Christians) believe that sex before marriage is wrong Bible: fornication is sinful Church: teaches that premarital sex is wrong Some Christians accept that couples may live together before marriage they believe that Church has to come to terms with modern life Jesus taught that love is the most important thing Adultery All Christians think adultery is wrong It breaks the wedding vows Ten Commandments: “Do not commit adultery” Condemned by Jesus in the Gospels Thursday, February 5, 2009
    4. 4. DIVORCE Catholic attitude: Non-Catholic attitudes: Does not allow divorce or Allow divorce as ‘the lesser of remarriage two evils’ Jesus taught divorce is Matthew 19:9 Jesus allowed wrong divorce for a partner’s adultery Couple made covenant with God in Sacrament of Forgiveness Marriage Better to divorce than live in Church teaching hatred Does allow annulment Thursday, February 5, 2009
    5. 5. HOMOSEXUALITY Catholic Attitude Being homosexual is not a sin: Church teaches that people cannot help sexual orientation Homosexual sexual relationships are a sin: condemned by Bible; sexual acts should be procreative as well as unitive; Catechism Condemns homophobia: everyone made in image of God; identity: child of God Evangelical Protestant Attitude Homosexuality is a sin, as are homosexual sexual acts: Bible condemns homosexuality (Leviticus 18:22, Romans 1:26-27, 1 Corinthians 6:9, 1 Timothy 1:10) Salvation in Christ can remove sins, including homosexuality: belief that being born again in Christ can remove all sins Liberal Protestant Attitude Lifelong homosexual are acceptable, but cannot be equal to marriage: Bible needs to be reinterpreted in the light of modern life Thursday, February 5, 2009
    6. 6. FAMILY LIFE Family is important because: basic unit of society where children learn difference between right and wrong where children are introduced to the faith expected outcome of Christian marriage Thursday, February 5, 2009
    7. 7. CHURCHES HELPING WITH UPBRINGING OF CHILDREN Upbringing of children Keeping the family together Catholic education Marriage preparation classes to prepare for First Communion, Teachings of the confirmation and Church: discourages confession divorce children’s liturgies Priests help youth clubs Catholic Marriage Care Thursday, February 5, 2009
    8. 8. KEY WORDS Thursday, February 5, 2009
    9. 9. KEY WORDS cohabitation remarriage marriage annulment adultery homosexuality pre-marital sex extended family promiscuity nuclear family faithfulness reconstituted family Thursday, February 5, 2009
    10. 10. EXAM QUESTIONS (B) 6 MARKS - MAKE 3 POINTS Thursday, February 5, 2009
    11. 11. Describe how family life has changed in the United Kingdom. Outline how attitudes to sex and marriage have changed. Outline how attitudes to divorce have changed. Outline Christian attitudes to divorce. Outline different Christian attitudes to homosexuality. Outline how family life has changed in the UK since the 1960s. Outline Catholic teachings on family life. Outline how Catholic churches help with the upbringing of children. Thursday, February 5, 2009
    12. 12. EXAM QUESTIONS (C) 8 MARKS - MAKE 4 POINTS (PEE) Thursday, February 5, 2009
    13. 13. Explain why most Christians are against sex outside marriage. Explain how the marriage service shows the purposes of marriage for Christians. Explain why there are different attitudes to remarriage in Christianity. Explain why there are different Christian attitudes to homosexuality. Explain why family life is important for Catholics. Explain how churches help to keep the family together. Thursday, February 5, 2009
    14. 14. EXAM QUESTIONS (D) - 4 MARKS - 2 REASONS FOR, 2 REASONS AGAINST Thursday, February 5, 2009
    15. 15. “Marriage is only a piece of paper, you might just as well live together.” “No Christian should ever divorce.” “A Catholic wedding ceremony helps a marriage to work.” “Without religion, family life would collapse.” “No Christian can be a homosexual.” Thursday, February 5, 2009