Religion & Science

What You Need to Know - OCR Specification

  • Origins of the World and Life
    • Scientific theories about the origins of the world and humanity
    • Teachings about the origins of the world and humanity
    • The relationship between scientific and religious understandings of the origins of the world and humanity
  • People and Animals
    • The place of humanity in relation to animals
    • Attitudes to animals and their treatment
  • Environmental Issues
    • Responses to environmental issues
    • Concept of stewardship
    • Religious teachings relating to environmental issues

Practice Questions

(A) Questions

  • What is meant by the term Big Bang?
  • What is meant by the term evolution?
  • What is meant by stewardship?
  • What is meant by "the origins of humanity"?
  • What is meant by "environmental problems"?

(B) Questions

  • How does science believe humans began?
  • What do Christians believe about Creation?
  • State two uses of animals that some Christians might find unacceptable.
  • Give two reasons that Christians could use to support medical testing on animals.
  • State two ways in which human beings are damaging the environment.

(D) Questions

  • Explain why Christians believe it is important to look after the environment.
  • Explain what some Christians believe about the origins of the universe and humanity.
  • Explain Christian attitudes to the treatment of animals.
  • Explain Christian attitudes to the origins of the world and humanity.
  • Explain why Christian beliefs about the origins of the universe and humanity are different to scientific theories.

(E) Questions

  • "Science is right about how the world began so religion is wrong." Discuss this statement.
  • "Evolution shows that Christian ideas about the creation of humans is wrong." Discuss this statement.
  • "Humans are nothing more than animals." Discuss this statement.
  • "Human beings are not capable of caring for the environment." Discuss this statement.
  • "It is the responsibility of every Christian to care for the planet." Discuss this statement.

Key Quotes

  • Bible origins
    "In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth."(Genesis 1:1)
    "God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good."(Genesis 1:25)
  • Religious and scientific conflict
    "In the absence of any other proof, the thumb alone would convince me of God’s existence."Sir Isaac newton
  • Christians and animals
    "So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him."(Genesis 1:27)
    "The Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being." (Genesis 2:7)
    "Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground." (Genesis 1:28)
    "He brought them to the man to see what he would name them; and whatever the man called each living creature, that was its name." (Genesis 2:19)
  • Environmental issues
    "... take care of it ..."(Genesis 2:15)
    "fill the earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground."(Genesis 1:28))
    "Then God said, 'I give you every seed-bearing plant on the face of the whole earth and every tree that has fruit with seed in it. They will be yours for food. And to all the beasts of the earth and all the birds of the air and all the creatures that move on the ground everything that has the breath of life in it - I give every green plant for food.' And it was so."(Genesis 1:30)
    "You made him ruler over the works of your hands; you put everything under his feet."(Psalm 8:6)
    "do not worry about what you will eat; or about what you will wear… your Father knows that you need them. Seek his kingdom, and these things will be given to you."(Luke 12:22&31)

Keywords

  • Origins
  • Origins of the world (the Big Bang theory)
  • Origins of humanity (Theory of Evolution)
  • Animals
  • Treatment
  • Environmental issues
  • Stewardship

These keywords are specific to Religion & Science. To find out more about keywords and command words, see our page on Exam Preparation

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