The Big Picture

The Big Picture: Issues of Life and Death

  • Understanding the beliefs and teachings about life and death in Christianity and Buddhism.
  • Examining the concept of life after death, including resurrection and reincarnation.
  • Exploring the different views on the importance and sanctity of life.
  • Analysing the Christian and Buddhist views on the origins of the universe.
  • Discussing moral questions related to issues of life and death, including euthanasia and abortion.
  • Considering the impact of scientific developments, like evolution, on religious beliefs.
  • Exploring the attitudes of these religions towards funerals and grieving.
  • Comparing and contrasting the views of Christianity and Buddhism on the purpose and meaning of life.
  • Understanding the debate between science and religion about the beginning of life.
  • Exploring the concept of suffering and its implication on beliefs about life and death.
  • Reflection on personal responses and forming informed opinions on issues of life and death.

Key Terms:

  • Sanctity of Life: The belief that life is holy and belongs to God.
  • Abortion: The termination of pregnancy.
  • Euthanasia: Assisting a person to die to relieve their suffering, also known as ‘mercy killing’.
  • Evolution: The scientific theory that species have changed over time.
  • Resurrection: The Christian belief that after death, the body stays in the grave until the end of the world when it is raised.
  • Reincarnation: The belief in rebirth after death.
  • Suffering: The state of undergoing pain, distress, or hardship.

Remember to use scripture and religious texts to provide evidence for these beliefs and teachings. Developing a critical and evaluative approach to these issues will demonstrate a higher level of religious understanding. Always provide balanced arguments and consider different viewpoints.