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Describe the teachings of Christianity about discrimination and prejudice and explain how people should therefore be treated.

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RS CHRISTIANY COURSEWORK Describe the teachings of Christianity about discrimination and prejudice and explain how people should therefore be treated. (24 marks) AO1. Prejudice is defined as "thinking badly of others without sufficient reason". The word "prejudice" itself means to prejudge, that is, we judge somebody without having knowledge or experience about the. So prejudice is a way of thinking about other groups of people. Discrimination is the act carried out by prejudice thinking and examples of discrimination are: racism, sexism, disability and ageism. Racism is defined by the formula "prejudice + power". Sometimes, our racial prejudices are made acceptable and supported by key institutions in our society. Racism is seen when racial prejudice is turned into action of some sort, and this action is to the disadvantage of some racial group of individual. Sexism is another form of prejudice, which is the belief that one gender is inferior to the other. In practice, this is nearly always the belief that women are inferior to men. ...read more.

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Leviticus 19: 33-34 Martin Luther King was a Christian who lived in America at the time when black people and white people were often kept apart. Black people were not allowed to use the same schools, restaurants or swimming pools as white people, and were inferior to white people. King was black, and his Christian beliefs led him to campaign against racism by leading non-violent protests against racism. King was shot due to his beliefs but his beliefs that all people are equal now are part of American law and you cannot discriminate against people because of their race. The Bible teaches that all people are equally valuable to God, because they are made "in the image of God" (Genesis 1:27). The book of the Acts of the Apostles, for example, teaches that God does not have favourites: Then Peter began to speak: "I now realise how true it is that God does not show favouritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right." ...read more.

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He always considered them as equal and as deserving of respect as any man. An example of women being the same as men is as the story of Martha and Mary demonstrates his belief that women were fit for other things besides domesticity and he appeared to woman first after he rose from the dead. The new church is told that it must not make divisions between people, but should recognise that Christ is in all of them. They should concentrate on unity instead. Paul's letter to the Galatians gives the same message: You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptised into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3: 26-28 In conclusion, in society today discrimination still exists but it is illegal and people now judge people more equally even thought through out the world we still have large problems with racism like in South Africa and sexism and ageism for some people with regards to them getting jobs and peoples overall views on them. ...read more.

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