Edexcel GCSE – Matters of Life & Death Unit
For this unit Edexcel expects students to: demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the specification; express their own responses to the issues and questions raised by the specification using reasons and evidence; evaluate alternative points of view about these issues and questions.
Key words — abortion, assisted suicide, euthanasia, immortality of the soul, near-death experience, non-voluntary euthanasia, paranormal, quality of life, reincarnation, resurrection, sanctity of life, voluntary euthanasia
- Why Christians believe in life after death and how beliefs about life after death affect their lives.
- Why the followers of Buddhism believe in life after death and how beliefs about life after death affect their lives.
- Non-religious reasons for believing in life after death (near-death experiences, ghosts, mediums, the evidence of reincarnation). Why some people do not believe in life after death.
- The nature of abortion, including current British legislation, and why abortion is a controversial issue.
- Different Christian attitudes to abortion and the reasons for them.
- Different attitudes to abortion in Buddhism and the reasons for them.
- The nature of euthanasia including current British legislation, and why euthanasia is a controversial issue.
- Christian attitudes to euthanasia and the reasons for them.
- Attitudes to euthanasia in Buddhism and the reasons for them.
- Arguments for and against the media being free to criticise what religions say about matters of life and death.