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Out line and explain Christian Beliefs about the sanctity if life which are particularly relevant to the beginning of life. Explain the main differences between the Christian Churches on this issue.

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GCSE Religious Studies Coursework Out line and explain Christian Beliefs about the sanctity if life which are particularly relevant to the beginning of life. Explain the main differences between the Christian Churches on this issue. The sanctity of life is a subject with many mixed viewpoints; there are lots of different opinions that can be adopted when looking at life from birth to death. In this essay I will explore these issues and outline the various Christians beliefs on the sanctity of life. The sanctity of life is an expression that reflects the sacred and holiness of life, from the moment of conception to death, but the question that confuses this sanctity tends to be "when does life start?" This question, understandable, brings up questions about abortion. At the point of conception, when the egg and the sperm combine, a potential human is created but some people would disagree with this. ...read more.

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it immoral but there are severe cases when it could be considered acceptable, these people are considering the rights of the mother as well as the foetus. Joanna Cleave, the writer of Christianity: behaviour, attitudes and lifestyles. States that "no woman should be forced to carry a child that isn't wanted." This supports the point made that it is the mother's choice in the matter. The Church of England's opinion, from what I can see, is that during formation the foetus starts to become a human with rights but at fertilization it is only a gathered amount of cells. The Catholic Church holds a slightly more uniform view on abortion. They believe that life begins at the moment of conception, from then on that egg is a person with rights and morally is it wrong to destroy life. ...read more.

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The second Vatican council goes as far as describing abortion as "an unspeakable crime." Most Catholics follow these examples and uphold the approach to abortion. Joe Jenkins book Contemporary moral issue asserts that "Although all Christians believe that life is a sacred gift from God, disagreement exists between the churches over whether abortion is morally acceptable." As I have previously stated one of the differentiations between The Catholic Church and The Church of England is the variance in attitude towards abortion. Christianity, both Protestants and Catholics, have respectable opinions on the sanctity of life, although different the action of Christians are compassionate and loving. It seems that even though the views are different Christians can agree to be caring towards the unborn child, the parents and everyone involved. Sources used: * "Catechism of the Catholic Church" * "Christianity: Behaviour, Attitudes and Lifestyles" -Joanna Cleave. * "Contemporary Moral Issues"- Joe Jenkins * "Catholic Encyclopaedia" * "Today's Issues"- Simon and Christopher Danes ...read more.

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