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Religion And The Media INTRODUCTION There are many different ways in which religion and religious issues are dealt with on television. Some issues are dealt with on educational programmes or documentaries with great respect and interest. Other issues can be treated as comedy and humour. Song Of Praise Songs of Praise is a national institution in Britain, with a weekly audience of 5 million. It is one of the most popular and longest running programs on the BBC. It prides itself on being a musical celebration of life and faith in the UK today, and provides something for everyone, from those of vague faith to regular worshippers. Each week Songs of Praise travels to a different town or county in Britain, with occasional visits overseas, presenting a colourful programme of hymns and music, local events and touching stories of belief. It features interviews with British celebrities as well as drawing on the experiences of local people. Songs of Praise broadcasts all over Europe and America and has attracted a loyal following in Australia over the years. The program has been hosted by a diverse array of British performers and presenters including, Sir Harry Secombe, David Bellamy, Jimmy Savile, and or course Pam Rhodes who is one of the best loved, longest serving hosts. The programme is shown at prime time television 11 am, Sundays BBC 1. Heaven And Earth There is a wide of worship and magazine programmes shown on terrestrial television. Some appear very Sunday, other at various times around the year. BBC has recently replaced its Christian worship type programmes on Sunday morning by the more daytime television programme The Heaven And Earth Show. ...read more.


When life consists of a few agonising, drugged weeks, many patients beg their doctors to help them die, and many doctors, mindful of the ethics of their profession, feel forced to refuse. Those who, out of compassion, accede to such a request know they are breaking the law and putting their careers at risk. This is the dilemma, which faces all of us now. Should we, as potential patients, have the legal right to ask our doctors to help us die when the end of life is in sight and our suffering severe? Many of the arguments made against assisted dying come from a religious basis. The main source of this religious opposition comes from the Jewish-Christian religions. Out of these, the Roman Catholic Church is the strongest opponent. Islamic and Buddhist faiths also do not agree with euthanasia. The Sikh Dharma and Hindu faiths have not taken an official position, and may leave it up to the individual. However, there are individuals within these religions, including ordinary believers and priests, who fully support voluntary euthanasia. In a 1993 opinion poll carried out for the VES by NOP, most religious people who were surveyed were in favour of medical aid in dying. Whilst 93% of people Euthanasia is arranging for a person who is dying from an agonising incurable disease to die as quickly and as painlessly as possible. We are all afraid of a long and lingering death with all the pain that that may include. We would all like to die peacefully in our sleep from old age. However this does not always happen and we must face up to the fact that we, or one of our families may be in the position of facing a painful death. ...read more.


The sufferings may be considered the essential part of visible stigmata; the substance of this grace consists of pity for Christ, participation in His sufferings, sorrows, and for the same end--the expiation of the sins unceasingly committed in the world. If the sufferings were absent, the wounds would be but an empty symbol, theatrical representation, conducing to pride. If the stigmata really come from God, it would be unworthy of His wisdom to participate in such futility, and to do so by a miracle. Dr. Imbert has attempted to count the number of stigmatic, with the following results: None are known prior to the thirteenth century. The first mentioned is St. Francis of Assisi, in whom the stigmata were of a character never seen subsequently; in the wounds of feet and hands were excrescences of flesh representing nails, those on one side having round back heads, those on the other having rather long points, which bent back and grasped the skin. Evaluation on the ways in which Religion and religious issues are dealt with on British television Religion and religious issues could be made to look a lot better and a lot more interesting if more effort would be put into them. Many religious programmes are comedies that take religious light heartedly and often make a mockery of it. The programmes are aimed at an older generation, which therefore means there is no entertainment for children. If British T.V was to include famous singers or broaden their ideas by having different type of music on 'songs of praise', then more people might tune in. Gospel music more associated with god, (has a lot of expression) but often ignored. Conclusion Religion is looked open in different ways. I do not believe that anyone can stereotype the media by saying that it only has bad views on it- or just good ones. ...read more.

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