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  1. I shall be analysing different teachings from different religions on wealth and Poverty, which are the Christian, and Islamic teachings

    "....the rich man and a Poor man...." He was treated badly by the rich man and when they both died, the poor man went to Heaven (eternity) while the rich man went to h**l where his soul perished. God is telling us that riches with a clean life are worthless but a poor man with riches is more important. In the bible, People with riches are likely to fall into temptation can be seen in 1 Timothy 6.6-10 which states "But godliness and Contentment is great gain...."

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  2. Religion and Society coursework

    The egg is then fertilised by IVF using the husband's sperm. It is then placed in the wife's womb by mechanical means. Artificial insemination refers to the range of techniques in which the man's sperm is put into the woman's genitals artificially. In the case where a child cannot be conceived naturally, partners may agree to transfer sperm, from the male partner, to the female partners uterus thorough mechanical means - This is known as Artificial Insemination by Husband (AIH). Occasionally, there may be problems with the husband or male partner's sperm; in this case, sperm could be used from a donor (Artificial Insemination by Donor 'AID')

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  3. Wealth and Poverty

    'The Spirit of Lord is upon me, because he has chosen me to bring good news to the poor' Zacchaeus, a highly unpopular tax-gatherer gave away 50 per cent of his ill-gained wealth when he became a follower of Jesus, as Jesus said that 'anyone who wanted to enter God's kingdom must sell their possessions first' So rich people usually find it hard to go in God's kingdom. Also Christians teach that they cannot ignore the poor, as Jesus made it clear that his followers must care for the poor in order to be accepted into God's kingdom, ' I

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  4. Fair trade

    The whole point of this activity was to make Fair Trade coffee sell cakes, biscuits, etc... for the staff in our school, in the staff room to prove a point. There were many other events that were going on during the day, including: assemblies, fair-trade shops, teaching year eight bout fair trade and why trade is unfair to Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDC). There were even students that set up a fair trade meeting with the head teacher to set a fair trade policy. I was responsible for setting up the stool, the location where the stool was going to be and the decoration.

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  5. Buddhism Coursework, Muslim charity (Zakat)

    This is the ethos that Muslim Aid operates by; it means that they value each and every individual person. Muslim Aid gives 'individuals the resources and skills necessary to help them out of the poverty cycle, and give them back the dignity that is rightfully theirs' (1). They have a vision of world peace, 'compassion and justice where all people achieve fulfilment in all aspects of their lives.' (2) They provide many programs to help with emergencies and disasters. They provide emergency aid, healthcare and teaching medical skills, clean water and sanitation, shelter and housing, giving everyone a good education, food and nourishment, specialist programs with orphan care and child blindness projects.

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  6. Poverty. What do Christians teach about causes of hunger and disease?

    Another cause of hunger and disease, which Christians teach is the inability to recover from natural disasters. Natural disasters like floods, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, droughts and land slides can lead to many homeless people who's houses, possessions and food sources are destroyed. Because people in poorer countries/areas are not prepared for these disasters and because they are so poor, they cannot recover from natural disasters easily with a lack of money and resources, which causes hunger and poverty amongst masses of people.

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  7. RE poverty

    As many countries use the land to grow cash crops, there is often no spare land for the people to feed themselves. The cheapest way to get labour is by having larger families to work on the land, but the children are also needed to look after their parents when they are too old to work. There is also the low life expectancy in these places, so there are lots of large, young families. These factors all lead to having a young, poor uneducated population, as they don't have the time or money to go to school.

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  8. Wealth and poverty essay

    Catechism of the Catholic Church 1723. This quote is saying that you can only find happiness in God but I think that you cannot find happiness in fame, power or riches etc but happiness is found in achievements, being with family & friends as well as God. Christianity teaches that wealth it self is neither bad nor good, but the way it can be used can be bad. Christians should not see money for its own sake. Christians believe that money is needed to provide a decent standard of living, but Christians must make it honestly and use it fairly.

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  9. Religion, Wealth and Poverty

    'Poverty' is very difficult to define, because, it varies from individual to individual. Although the Oxford English Dictionary is: destitution, deficiency, needy, and difficulties. Poverty is also a test, set by Allah. It isn't looked upon as a good factor; Islam rejects the notion of poverty as something holy. It should be fought. Islam urges us to make du'a seeking independence of means. The prophet said in his du'as "O Allah I ask you for...and independence of means". Islam uses numerous means to combat poverty, the principal being charity.

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  10. Global inequality letter

    Britain has now pledged to meet the 0.7% goal by 2013 but will they meet it? And is this good enough? The answer to that is no, because why should it take them 43 years to go from pledging to reality. The money that was raised after the Tsunami may have been millions but the countries hit worst by the Tsunami were already in debt. Indonesia already owed �70 billion and they have to pay back �7.2 billion back a year. So the money rose is no where near enough to even help one country. The reason that countries like Indonesia, India, Thailand and Sri Lanka are in such debt is because the levels of interest set are cripplingly high.

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  11. poverty coursework

    But overall Jesus' main message was that the poor must be helped and many Christians today follow Jesus' request. He loved everyone, but he especially showed compassion towards those who were disadvantaged. This may be because Jesus himself came from a poor background and thus had sympathy and empathy for those who were less fortunate. Perhaps the key teaching of Jesus which highlights our responsibility to help the poor is the Parable of the Sheep and Goats. Here we are reminded that when we help people in need, we are helping Jesus- "I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."

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  12. Religion, Wealth and Poverty

    It is said in Hadith that "Even if you are possessed with all the gold in the world, you still cannot afford to buy a place in the hereafter". What's more is that zakah is compulsory on mature Muslims living on this earth, whose amount of earnings determines the payment of zakah. According to the lunar year zakah is only given once, so then not paying the cost could lead to questions on the day of judgement. Also it is very important that we do not take zakah as a tax which Muslims are forced to pay, this is because a clever person can always getaway as there is no book which records the amount you pay.

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  13. The poor have a very special place in Jesus life and teachings, as he shared their lifestyle and could therefore identify wit

    For example the Roman Catholic Catechism, Vatican documents and the Bible all contain many passages encouraging Christians to be responsible for other people. Christians believe that the Bible is the word of God. When the early Christian community began it kept the Jewish scriptures. They are based on God s law. They stated the Jewish belief that all men and women are created in the image of God and are equal in his sight. The beliefs about caring for others have been passed down through the Old Testament.

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  14. Is world hunger the product of nature or politics

    The countries which are home to those most affected by hunger lack the social safety nets that people in the developed world can rely on, such as soup kitchens, welfare benefits and social services. When a family within a third world country cannot grow food, or does not have money to buy food, there is nowhere for them to turn. World hunger is a huge problem, but who or what is responsible for it and how do we eradicate it.

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  15. To what extent do the practices of charitable organisations comply with charity laws and standards?

    Among the sources used are Internet articles, online publications, newspaper reports and email interviews with personnel from international charity-regulatory bodies. 1.0 BACKGROUND Firstly, the term 'charitable organisation' is defined followed by explanation of its types and also the charity laws and standards to provide a better understanding of the terms that will be used in this investigation. 1.1 Definition of charitable organisation The Internet defines a charitable organisation as a tax-exempt organisation which operates exclusively for any philanthropic, benevolent, educational, religious, patriotic, social welfare, public health, environment conservation and other accepted purposes (Nonprofit Hub n.d.).

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  16. Why isn't the world equal? Our world is divided in to two - those who have and those who do not. Globally this division exists between the rich countries in the north and poor countries in the south. Within this broad division between the rich

    Every human being on this planet must have asked these questions to himself or herself at some point in their lives. While the first question could be answered simply in a few words with, "That's life, C'est la vie," the answer to the last two questions could have some very long and complex answers. I am sure these questions would require a lot of thinking and re-thinking before one answers them. Poverty is a serious problem. It needs to be recognized, addressed, and resolved Poverty is found everywhere.

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  17. In this essay I will be looking at how Christianity and charities relate to each other. In the first section I will be looking at what Christians teach, preach and believe about charity.

    CAFOD believe that 'all human beings have a right to dignity and respect'. They think that everybody, no matter what country they live in deserves to be treated the same. Charities give people a chance to avoid losing their dignity by not having to beg for food and being treated as equals. 'And while Jesus was sitting opposite to the treasury, he perceived how the multitude threw money into the treasury, and many rich persons put in much.

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  18. Singer's Practical Ethics: Poverty

    In the world today, there are two extremes of world poverty: absolute affluence and absolute poverty. The basic definition of absolute affluence is earning more income than is necessary and possessing an abundance of money that can be used for luxuries. Exactly opposite of this extreme are those who are so poor that every day is a struggle to survive. The majority of people living in western industrialized countries, specifically, the United States, live in absolute affluence. Singer writes, "Those who are absolutely affluent are not necessarily affluent by comparison with their neighbors, but they are affluent by any reasonable definition of human needs" (221).

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  19. Christianity: Poverty and Wealth

    God was never against the rich themselves. Abraham, Job and Solomon all were devout believers of God and their wealth was never condemned by God. Jesus believed that by being rich, however, it gave people a feeling of comfort and protection. It gave people the feeling of desire and greed. This was what Jesus was particularly against and believed that this was what would prevent a select few from reaching heaven. "Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God."

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  20. Critically discuss the resources available to those 'at risk' of poverty in Clitheroe's cotton famine

    Perhaps to save the cotton weavers from damaging their ability of fragility on return to the mills, as the unemployed steadily increased, as did the applications for relief, two months on they formed a committee to seek work for the able bodied. Labour testing is expensive and it can be perceived the Clitheroe board of Guardians were not concerned with the weavers' distress but had been unprepared to surpass the expenditure or the time. They could have created a workhouse but one to accommodate all unemployed weavers would have been a costly project, this lack of movement from the Guardian's

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  21. Explain the terms 'Relative poverty', 'Absolute Poverty' and 'Culture of Poverty'.

    How relative poverty is measured is constantly changing. What is considered a reasonable and acceptable standard of living is measured in terms of judgements by members of a particular society, and those judgements can vary immensely between cultures, subcultures, generations and era. As society's expectations change so do also, definitions of relative poverty. Those households unable to afford inside toilets, central heating and a television are seen as poor relative to the majority of the UK population. Luxuries (available to the few), move to comforts and then to necessaries and the line that separates the poor will vary according to how affluent that society is.

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  22. To What Extent Is the Welfare State Responsible For Creating a Culture of Dependency?

    It is important to remember that the underclass refers only to those poor people who make no effort to help themselves. They are also considered 'economically inactive by some.' - Murray accepts that there are many poor people who are in this state through no 'fault' of their own. Nevertheless, the bulk of poverty is caused by those who do not make the effort to earn a living, and/or squander what they do have. Culture of poverty The culture of poverty argument was first developed by Oscar Lewis when he studied very poor people in Central America.

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  23. Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people.

    "Which of these three was a neighbour to the man?" The expert on law replied "The one who took pity on him". Jesus said, "Go and do likewise"." This shows Christians should maintain their dignity by helping people. It also shows that we are all equal in the eyes of God, even 'bad' people like Zaccheus, the tax collector who changed with the help of Jesus and gave the money he earned to the poor, which is what rich countries in the west should do to poor countries who are still developing.

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  24. Outline Christian teaching and the teaching of one other religion on wealth and poverty.

    An example of the British government sharing their wealth with the poor is when foreign secretary Jack Straw visited Khartoum to help the humanitarian situation in Darfur; he came up with a 5-point plan that would benefit the people of Sudan. Secondly, Christians believe wealth can corrupt a human being and it will lead them to h**l. They believe if you are wealthy you are more likely to worship money and not God. They argue that wealth is wrong and a true Christian cannot be wealthy and be true to god at the same time.

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  25. Explain what Christians believe about their responsibility for other people.

    You cannot predict what the future will bring, this an important part of Christians responsibility for others. Jesus is unequivocal in describing peoples duties to the poor, The consequences of a Christians failure to take responsibility towards others is presented to us in this next teaching in Lukes gospel 16:19-31 here we are told the story of the rich man and Lazarus, for the whole of his life Lazarus had been homeless and laid at the gate of the rich mans kingdom, but the rich man did not attend to his needs he simply ignored him.

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  • To What Extent Is the Welfare State Responsible For Creating a Culture of Dependency?

    "In conclusion, it would appear that if sociologists and politicians wish to understand the reasons why individuals do not give up a life on welfare for a job, the world of work needs to be examined. The government however, are doing very little to tempt people back into the workforce, therefore it could be said that the government are somewhat contributing to this dependency. It would then seem that in this instance that the government wants to have its cake and eat it."

  • THERE SHOULD BE NO RICH PEOPLE AS LONG AS THERE IS POVERTY IN THE WORLD" DO I AGREE? In this essay I intend to analyse the above statement and hope to come to a justified conclusion.

    "In conclusion my personal view , even though I am a Catholic ,is I do not think people should have to give excessively to charity. I feel that people should be made aware of those who suffer and as Christians should act and help them but not to the point where they themselves become unable to feed themselves. So charity in moderation would be my view. I do not think it is fair on those that have worked hard to give their money away however it comes down to a matter of personal choice. The teachings of the Catholic faith are clear - we must love others as ourselves and do unto others as we would want done to us."

  • Describe, analyse and explain the Christian teachings on wealth and poverty charitable giving and charity.

    "In conclusion, material wealth is unnecessary to get into heaven, in fact it is bound to ensure refusal to the Kingdom of God. It is important that we know this because for many people, going to heaven is their life's ambition, and so knowing how to do it is a key feature. Also, knowing ones churches views on poverty and their solutions can help one to lead a fulfilling life according to the religion they follow, and knowing other peoples religious views can help one to understand why people do what they do. Understanding other people is important for the development of society. Abbie Taylor"

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