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Religious Studies Coursework - Wealth and Poverty 1.(i) Outline Christian teaching, and the teaching of ONE other religion, on wealth and poverty. (ii) Explain why there is a need for world development. (iii) Analyse and explain the work of ONE religious agency working for world development. 2. "There should be no rich people as long as there is poverty in the world." Do you agree? Give reasons for your opinion, showing you have considered another point of view, and referring to religious teaching. 1.(i) Christians believe that someone with wealth has the ability to influence the world for the good and for the bad. This would suggest that, for some people wealth is not a bad thing, as it could be used to help more of God's children to become closer to God. However, Christians do also teach that money can only be gained in moral and lawful ways, and that the money the gain is a gift from God and is therefore it is intended to be a force for good in the world, not evil. Christians also teach that if people should have the wrong attitude towards their wealth then it can lead people away from God, which means that one would have to be careful with his money. Jesus' Parable of the Sheep and Goats helps to teach Christians attitude to wealth and poverty, and how they should use their money. ...read more.


if you borrow �13,000 you only repay �13,000. Also, if the person is having difficulty repaying the loan they are encouraged to exchange the loan to a gift. One example would be from the Hadith by Al'Bkhary, "He who eats and drinks whilst his brother goes hungry is not one of us." Muslim mosques also help poorer Mosques in other countries financially to help them build things such wells and other medical work. (ii) From about 1950 to 1985 the countries of the world were divided into three classes. There were first world countries, such as America, Britain and Australia. Second world countries were the Communist states such as the USSR and China and there were third world countries that were the world's poorest countries. Now countries are classed according to how developed they are. The developed countries are such as America and Western Europe. Countries such as Brazil are classed as developing countries as they are becoming richer and countries that are still very poor such as Sudan and Bangladesh are classed as less developed countries. There are many reasons why there is a lack of world development and therefore the importance of eliminating these factors to improve world development is evident. Many LDC's have been destroyed by years of wars. In Africa, European empire building from the 19th Century has caused many civil wars. When these countries achieved independence from their European rulers, several African races were joined to from one nation, meaning there was tension between the nations. ...read more.


Some examples of the emergency aid that Christian Aid provides are; sending drugs and shelters to the peoples Honduras, stricken by hurricanes and sending food aid to the peoples of Zimbabwe, who have suffered terribly in recent years from drought. Long-term aid is also given to many countries throughout the world. Christian Aid is able to contact the organisations to which their aid goes. The long-term aid is given to Christian organisations throughout the country to be given to the people who are living in the close proximity. These groups will often give suggestions to Christian Aid for more long-term ideas. An example of the long-term aid given by this organisation would be in Colombia, where developers were trying to throw poor farmers off their land, along with their families, and damage the environment whilst trying to develop the land on which they inhabited. Christian Aid helped local farmers to establish an organisation and helped them to develop their land in an echo-friendly way. Christian Aid sees its main aim as to "help people to help themselves." And by giving them "appropriate technology." This means that they will only provide them machinery that can be sensibly repaired and maintained by the local people. Christian Aid also spends part of its funds on providing education for the people of Britain, especially in schools, about the need and importance for world development and how they can help, in the hope that they will do their part for the world's poorer people. 2. ...read more.

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