About Oxford Revise: AQA GCSE Religious Studies A: Christianity and Buddhism revision guide
Build your knowledge with this complete guide for revising for the AQA GCSE Religious Studies A exam.
You’ll cover all the beliefs and practices you need to know to do well in the exam, from the nature of God in Christianity to the Buddha’s life in Buddhism. Thematic studies help you look at themes through the eyes of both religions.
Key quotes, charts and tables help you remember information. An online glossary helps you learn key terms.
1 Beliefs and teachings: The nature of God and beliefs about creation
1 Beliefs and teachings: The afterlife
1 Beliefs and teachings: Jesus
1 Beliefs and teachings: Sin and salvation
1 Practices: Worship and prayer
1 Practices: The role and meaning of the sacraments
1 Practices: The role and importance of pilgrimage and celebrations
1 Practices: The role of the Church
1 Practices: The importance of the worldwide Church
Section 2: Buddhism
2 Key beliefs: The Buddha’s life and its significance
2 Key beliefs: Dhamma, dependent arising and the Three Marks of Existence
2 Key beliefs: The human personality and human destiny
2 Key beliefs: The Four Noble Truths
2 Practices: Places of worship
2 Practices: Puja and meditation
2 Practices: Ceremonies and rituals associated with death
2 Practices: Festival and retreats
2 Practices: Buddhist ethics
Section 3: Thematic Studies
3 Theme A: Relationships and families
3A Sex, marriage and divorce
3A Gender equality
3 Theme B: Religion and life
3B The origins and value of the universe
3B The origins and value of human life
3B Abortion and Euthanasia
3 Theme C: The existence of God and revelation
3C Philosophical arguments for and against the existence of God
3C The nature of the divine and revelation
3C The value of revelation and enlightenment as sources of knowledge about the divine
3 Theme D: Religion, peace and conflict
3D Religion, violence, terrorism and war
3D Reasons for war
3D Religion and belief in 21st century conflict
3 Theme E: Religion, crime and punishment
3E Religion, crime and the causes of crime
3E Religion and punishment
3E The death penalty
3 Theme F: Religion, human rights and social justice
3F Prejudice and discrimination
3F Human rights
3F Wealth and poverty
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Each chapter has lots of exam-style questions for you to practice. These are designed to build your confidence, consolidate your knowledge and stretch your understanding. Exam tips show you how to interpret questions, what you need to do in your answers, and give you advice on how to get as many marks as possible.
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