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  1. What should Christians think of criminals?

    This story should show Christians to not want to take Revenge, because in the end God will make it fair on Judgement day, like the Father made it fair to the son, by not still making sure they had both equal property and the other son would get no more, just because he came back. Also it shows that if God can value a sinner, and could see them as a person; this is what the father did to the by letting the son back.

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  2. What Different religous views are there on Animal Hunting

    I believe there is a fine line between killing animals for meat which have been bred for that specific purpose and for hunting animals in the wild, especially if it is for their fur. Many different religions have different views on the subject, which can bring about many ethical debates. In the Islamic religion, the people are only allowed to hunt for food and under no circumstance for sport. Muslims believe that all living creatures were made by Allah and that he loves all animals as they exist for the benefit of human beings and they must be treated with kindness and compassion.

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  3. Analyse and explain the way in which a religious theme or concern to christians has been dealt with in a film or television drama

    At the end of one of the worst days of his life, Bruce ridicules and rages against God, who is acted in a human form by Morgan Freeman. God responds to Bruce, by providing him with divine powers and challenges Bruce to take on the mighty role of God, to see if he is able to do any better. After a while Bruce realizes how impossible it is for him to fill the place of God and begins to understand the magnitude of God's job.

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  4. Give your responce to the view that 'Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world'

    She also does not accept her step-granddaughter's sexuality, as she mentions 'I can not say I agree with what you are doing...' Homosexuals are more openly spoken about in modern society and therefore the modern view is to accept homosexuals, which would show Dot to be out of touch with the modern world. Another television programme which is broadcasted internationally, for all ages, is 'The Simpsons'. The central character is Homer Simpson, an obese, alcoholic, neglectful father. His neighbor, Ned Flanders, is the opposite, and is seen to be very religious and is described as 'irritatingly optimistic and cheerful'.

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  5. Analyse and explain the ways in which a religious or moral issue of concern to christians has been dealt with in a television soap opera or the national daily press?

    The programme makers regard it as a 'slice of life'. The producer Julia Smith reported 'We decided to go for a realistic, fairly outspoken type of drama which could encompass stories about homosexuals, rape, unemployment, racial prejudice, etc, in a believable context'. The programme makers accept that the programme has an informational or educational function for viewers, offering a discussion of topics of concern to them, but they are more concerned with raising questions than with providing answers. Forgiveness is the mental, emotional and spiritual process of bringing to an end feeling of resentment or anger against another person for a perceived offence.

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  6. Describe the variety of specifically Religious Programmes on the 4 main television channels

    30th November BBC2 11:15-13:30 Archbishop For York Thursday 1st December Channel 4 02:15-03:15 Preachers To Be Thursday 1st December Channel 4 03:15-3:20 3 Minute Wonder: Shopping For Religion Thursday 1st December Channel 4 03:20-04:20 Priest Idol Thursday 1st December Channel 4 04:20-04:30 3 Minute Wonder: Shopping for Religion Friday 2nd December Channel 4 03:50-03:55 3 Minute Wonder: The Ten Commandments Friday 2nd December Channel 4 03:55-04:55 Priest Idol Friday 2nd December Channel 4 04:55-05:00 3 Minute Wonder: Shopping For Religion Saturday 3rd December Channel 4 19:00-20:00 Preachers To Be Saturday 3rd December Channel 4 03:40-04:40 Priest Idol The above table

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  7. Religion and the Media

    The first type of religious programme is Worship programmes like Songs of Praise, Sunday Worship and My Favourite Hymns. I am going to detail Songs of Praise. Songs of Praise is about how God has helped people through different situations that they have had to cope with. The episode watched dealt with how someone with minimal qualifications now runs a multi-billion pound car enterprise, how a cancer sufferer who could not have her tumour removed recovered through the power of prayer and now God has gifted her with her adoptive son Nathan.

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  8. Religion and the media

    The Everyman Show is on on Sundays but isn't always shown, this is on at 11pm on a Sunday. Songs Of Praise is on BBC1 at 5-6pm Heaven & Earth Show is on BBC1 at 10-12am. Mrs Harbottle showed us an episode of Songs Of Praise, we saw Leo Cheng who was a surgeon& dentist, he repairs people's faces who have been in accidents or had scars. The hymn was about Jesus being hurt & his patients had been hurt also, & he restores their faces. So they feel good about the way they look, it says I will not boast in anything & Leo says he gives God the glory for his work.

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  9. 1549 & 1554 Rebellions

    The debasing of the coinage led to the rising prices and social distress. It says "We pray that all freeholders and copyholders may take the profits of all common lands and the Lords not to use the commons or take profits from the same." Lords using the commons led to overgrazing. This shows social discontent did help cause the rebellions. The Ket's rebels were against the enclosure of common lands but in East Anglia there had not been that much enclosure so it was just an excuse to rebel.

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  10. Religion and the media Describe the variety of specifically religious programmes on the four main television channels

    An example of this is 'Songs of Praise', this began with the hymn "Crown him with many crowns." It went onto an interview and then continue with two more hymns and an interview and ended with a hymn called "In Christ alone." One of the hymns was preformed by a sole singer and the interviews where outside the studio that involved a little religion but not much. Also, the 3 hymns were performed in different churches. This may have interested those with an interest in buildings. 'Songs of praise' may have interested older and younger people. Older people may have liked the style of the hymns where as younger people may have related with Steve Doody's talk but wish for more 'upbeat' tunes/hymns.

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  11. The falsification principle offers no real challenge to religious beliefs

    He felt that religious language still has meaning because it influences the way in which people look at the world. Hare called this way of looking at the world a 'blik.' Therefore for Hare, religious beliefs are bliks because of the impact they have on the way people look at the world and live their lives. Hare illustrated this point with the example of a university student who was convinced that Dons were trying to kill him. As Hare sees it, bliks are like unfalsifiable convictions everyone has lunatic' and 'sane,' they are not propositional assertions, therefore, but it is nevertheless important to have the 'right' blik, presumably because of their impact on our conduct.

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  12. 'Modern Britain is now a Secular Society.' To what extent do Sociological arguments and evidence agree with this statement?

    Nevertheless, he did anticipate that religion would be of declining social significance. In an industrial society in which there was a highly specialised division of labour, religion would lose some of its importance as a force for integrating society. Social solidarity would increasingly be provided by the education system rather than the sort of religious rituals associated with the more 'simple societies'. Weber too anticipated a progressive reduction in the importance of religion. He thought that in general people would act less in terms of emotions and in line with tradition, and more in terms of the rational pursuit of goals.

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  13. many programmes portray religious people as "out of touch."One example would be the character Dot Branning from the BBC1 soap opera, Eastenders

    From her position in the launderette, she keeps a watchful eye over Albert Square. Dot's a bit of a hypochondriac and she can have a cruel tongue, but she's kind-hearted with a loyal and protective nature. She is sometimes seen as a busy body that likes to become involved in other peoples business. She often quotes from the Bible much to the annoyance of those around her. A few years ago Dot's friend Ethel was dying of cancer. She asked Dot to help her die (Euthanasia), but because Dot was a Christian, she found it very difficult (Christians believe it is wrong to end a person's life).

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  14. Explain briefly Ninian Smart's seven dimensional model of religion. Do you think that Smart's model solves the problems that arise when attempting to define religion Do you think that Smart's model soleves the problems that arise when attempting to defin

    These are: The practical & ritual dimension Smart explains that religions tend to express themselves through rituals. Rituals vary greatly among religions and may include activities such as worship, preaching, prayer and meditation. Sometimes these religious practices are elaborate; Catholics break bread and drink wine to symbolise the body and blood of Jesus and sometimes less elaborate; meditation practice in Buddhism or the Quakers who sit together in silence. The experiential & emotional dimension The next dimension involves the importance of emotions and experiences in a religion. Just as the rituals of religious practice vary so do the religious experience.

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  15. Mystical experiance.A mystical experience is a type of religious experience. It is when a person has an experience pf having

    Mystical experiences can have different circumstances; some are profound and feature heavenly creatures such as angels but others can come through the appreciation of nature. F. C. Happold believed it is a sense of unity with all things, a sense of timelessness, and a sense that there is an immortal unchanging self and that our ego is not our true self. William James commented on the idea of mystical experience. He believed the term mystical is used in many different contexts but that this suggestion is too broad "any person who believes in thought transference or spirit return".

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  16. Television and Religion - Give your response to the view that television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world

    In the soap opera Eastenders, a character called Alex was a protestant priest. The writers depicted Alex�s character as someone being committed to his job, a workaholic and out of touch with the modern world. Alex also had a friend called Sarah, a young teenage Christian who acted like Alex in terms of faith. She was very committed, enthusiastic, willing and always trying to share her views with relatives, friends and neighbours. Alex�s character changed dramatically when he had a sexual relationship with a married woman.

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  17. Edexcel Coursework: Unit 5: Religion and medical issues Infertility is when either a man or a woman's sperm or egg is not healthy enough to fertilise or

    (ii) Explain Christian attitudes, and the attitudes of one other religion, to these treatments. Some Christian attitudes to infertility treatments are that Roman Catholics have great sympathy for the infertile, but they only allow methods which don't threaten the sexual acts which are natural. This removes all the fertility treatments for the reasons below: 1 IVF includes the fertilising of several eggs, some of them are thrown away or used as experiments, which is the same of abortion to Catholics 2 Artificial insemination includes masturbation by the male which is a sin to Catholics 3 In AID and surrogacy the child is prevented from knowing there biological parents.

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  18. Have offending behaviour programmes lived up to their promise?

    Programmes with good potential will be evaluated, accredited and adopted nationally. Over the last 40-50 years, research has indicated that certain approaches to reducing crime including tackling re-offending, are more effective than others and that it is not true that 'nothing works'. The evidence shows that certain programmes do work when they are well designed, delivered to consistently high standards and well-matched to the needs of the offender. "What Works" has come out of the growing realisation that there is a need to shift resources to action that will achieve results.

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  19. "In modern society religious beliefs and religious behaviors are changing rather than declining" Assess the argument for and against this view.

    However for the purpose of this essay it will mean the decline of religion. There are many statistics that argue against the statement "religion is declining rather than changing". Christian church membership in Britain between 1930 and 1990 has dropped from 9.9million to 5.6 million, that's nearly a 50% drop, which shows a definite decline. However this only shows a decline in church attendance, not actual belief. It is a widespread view that as people are getting more choices in modern society they are making choice about how they want to follow a religion.

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  20. Assess the view that deprivation is the main reason for the growth or new religious movements.

    Weber had suggested the modern world is one in which rationality dominates- this is, one in which magical, unpredictable and ecstatic experiences are uncommon. Further more, there is a tremendous pressure to become materially, emotionally and sexually successful. According to Bird, world-affirming sects provide a spiritual component in an increasingly rationalised world. They provide techniques and knowledge to help people become wealthy, powerful and successful. They provide techniques and knowledge, which allow people to work on themselves to bring about personal growth.

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  21. What is meant by a religious experience?'

    Usually, when people talk about there experiences, they speak mainly about the fact that an extremely special and sacred bond has developed between themselves and God, which has allowed them to become closer spiritually. There is also a big difference between genuine religious experiences and fictional ones. For example, real experiences tend to be hopeful and heartening. They try and help the individual to live an enhanced life and to get the best out of it. Religious experiences normally puts the message across that to have an improved lifestyle, the main way to achieve this is to help others.

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  22. In an essay of not more than 1200 words, discuss the claim that the most compelling reason for studying religion today is to reach a better understanding of contemporary society.

    The church - used here in generic terms - was often married to the way in which rulers administered laws and punishments. Often some used the church to swindle people out of their wealth and to gain their allegiance through fear. While other rulers such as Henry viii manipulated the religious order of the day by breaking away from the Catholic Church and forming a new Church of England so he could marry his mistress. For most, Islam is a way of life which is revered by its followers but according to Laura Hayes, when the Taliban ruled Afghanistan from

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  23. To what extent were the witch hunts of the Early Modern Period the result of religious and social upheaval?

    The incompatibility of the ideas of the reformers with Roman Catholic ideology, and the failure of the Roman Catholic Church to reform itself, led to the break with Rome and the establishment of independent Protestant churches. The inability of reformers to find scriptural support for papal authority over them was also an equally decisive factor for the eventual break with Rome. Evidently, with these changes to churches and church practises, came the change in what people concerned actually believed in.

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  24. How can we best understand the role of religion in foreign policy?

    Moreover, is the religious foundation of a country the guiding light in that country's foreign policy? One is cognizant of the argument made by some that religion's contribution to international relations is ethical and not political hence it does not play a great role. However, one needs to understand clearly that a states foreign policy is largely guided by its ethics, morals, values and principles. Undoubtedly, the foreign policies of the leaders of theocratic states like Iran and Afghanistan are influenced by their religious views.

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  25. Verification Principle

    Firstly, statements that can be verified using internal logic and grammar are analytic. For example, "all spinsters are unmarried". Everything needed to verify the statement is included in the statement itself since the definition of a spinster in an unmarried woman. Secondly, statements that can be verified using external sense data are said to be synthetic. For example, "Jane is a spinster". We would need to find Jane and ask her about her marital status-this would provide the external sense data.

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  • In an essay of not more than 1200 words, discuss the claim that the most compelling reason for studying religion today is to reach a better understanding of contemporary society.

    "Karl Marx, who studied the impact of religion on society, concluded that religion shows the connection between the need to have an afterlife to look forward to especially if their lives have been difficult. Marx's approach to the study of religion was objective and sociological. In his observations he arrived at the conclusion that 'Religion is the sigh of the oppressed creature, the heart of a heartless world, and the soul of soulless conditions. It is the opium of the people'. Religion and politics have come full circle as in today's society there are laws which govern the recognition of a new 'religion'. For example, a legitimate religion has the right to claim tax exemption and must promote the moral and spiritual welfare of the community. It is my opinion that although there are other reasons for studying religion, the most compelling reason by far is to better understand and cater for the diversity of modern society."

  • "In modern society, religious beliefs and religious behaviour are changing rather than declining" assess arguments and evidence for and against this view.

    "So in my opinion I agree with the statement that religious beliefs and behaviour are changing not declining, because people in today's society are been offered a more varied choice of what ways are acceptable to serve god so the people are choosing these methods and are still religious because of it they are just asserting their right to be an individual, religion is still a strong influence in most peoples daily lives but some of us need to accept the way it has altered to adapt the people wishing to access it, and alter there way of viewing religion to coincide with this change. The Sociology Of Religion Esme . J . Owens Words 1154 1"

  • Describe analyse and explain the variety of specifically religious programmes on the terrestrial TV Channels

    "The programme steered away from addressing the more religious sides of having a child. Only alluding to the fact that she did not have a husband for a short while. It also briefly talks about destroying human life. It came to the conclusion that in killing the embryo you are killing a human. Though even when it addressed this issue it looked more at the fact that she would be destroying her child instead of looking at the issue of whether abortion is murder or humane and sensible. The programme preferred to look at more simple issues such as whether she could afford the child and that the operation could harm her. This shows us that the public are not really interested in hearing about the religious issues and regard them as old fashioned, having the religious views coming from and old woman and not even discussing whether abortion is compassionate or not. It shows us that the public are more interested in health and safety issues and the fact that poverty is a problem rather than taking a serious look into the religious pros and cons of abortion itself. Describe how a moral issue of concern has been dealt with in either a TV drama or Film "Television always presents religious people as out of touch with the modern world""

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