Religion & the Media

What You Need to Know - OCR Specification

  • Relationship with the Media
    • The different forms of the media
    • The influence of the media
    • Portrayal of Christianity in the media
    • Portrayal of important religious figures
    • Responses and attitudes towards films which focus on religious/philosophical messages
    • Responses and attitudes towards books and comics which focus on religious/ philosophical messages
  • Use of the Media
    • Using the media to represent Christianity
    • To educate both Christians and non-Christians
  • Censorship/Freedom of Speech
    • Concept of censorship and freedom of speech
    • Beliefs and attitudes towards the portrayal of violence and sex
    • Attitudes and responses to issues raised by freedom of speech

Practice Questions

(A) Questions

  • What is censorship?
  • Give one example of a form of the media
  • What is meant by the term freedom of speech?
  • What is meant by the term 'media'?

(B) Questions

  • Give two ways in which Christianity might be portrayed in the media
    • (i) Give one example of censorship
    • (ii) Give one reason Christians might approve of censorship
  • List two Christian figures that might be shown in the media
  • Give two ways in which Christians might use the media to raise awareness of their religion

(C) Questions

  • Suggest why Christians might want the media to be censored [3]
  • Describe what Christians might think about the portrayal of sex in the media [3]
  • Describe why freedom of speech might be important to Christians
  • List three reasons why Christians might object to religious figure being shown on TV

(D) Questions

  • Explain Christian attitudes towards the portrayal of religious figures in the media [6]
  • Explain Christian attitudes towards using the media to teach about Christianity [6]
  • Explain how Christians might respond to the way violence is shown in the media
  • Explain Christian attitudes towards the issues raised by censorship

(E) Questions

  • "Films about Jesus are the best way to teach people about Christianity." Discuss this statement
  • "Sex should never be shown on TV." Discuss this statement
  • "Religious figures should not be portrayed in films." Discuss this statement
  • "The media does not treat Christianity with respect." Discuss this statement

Key Quotes

  • THE INFLUENCE OF THE MEDIA
    "Do not be deceived: 'Bad company ruins good morals'."(1 Corinthians 15:33)
  • TO EDUCATE BOTH CHRISTIANS AND NON-CHRISTIANS
    "All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness."(2 Timothy 3:16)
  • CONCEPT OF CENSORSHIP AND FREEDOM OF SPEECH
    "Live as people who are free, not using your freedom as a cover-up for evil, but living as servants of God."(1 Peter 2:16)
    "Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear."(Ephesians 4:29)
  • BELIEFS AND ATTITUDES TOWARDS THE PORTRAYAL OF VIOLENCE AND SEX
    "May God lift up his face onto you and give you peace."(Numbers 6:24–26)
    "But I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lustful intent has already committed adultery with her in his heart."(Matthew 5:28)

Keywords

  • Media
  • Portrayal
  • Religious message
  • Philosophical message
  • Censorship
  • Freedom of speech

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