You might come arcoss words in RE that are new or unfamiliar. Different worldviews, especially religious ones, have specific terms to name or describe important ideas and concepts.
How many of the words below have you heard of before?
You can use the glossary (link below) to find out the meaning of any words you don't understand.
- these are not specific to any one religion
Religion, special books, special places, special stories, prayer, celebration, festival, symbol, thankful, faith, belief, teachings, wise sayings, rules for living, values, co-operation, belonging, community, worship, holiness, place of worship, sacred, sacred text, creation story, spiritual, commitment, pilgrim, pilgrimage, ritual, devotion, life after death, destiny, soul, inspiration, role-model, harmony, respect, justice, moral codes, ethics, charity, compassion, tolerance, diversity.
Christmas, Easter, Bible, Church, Jesus, Christian
Pentecost, Harvest Festival, Advent, Messiah, Christ, Gospel, Jesus, Holy Spirit, God the Creator, Trinity, heaven, nativity.
baptism, christening, resurrection, disciple, parable, salvation, mercy, grace, creed, intelligent design, prophecy
Catholic, Protestant, Anglican, Free Church,
Synagogue, Torah, Jewish,
Ten Commandments, Yahweh, Jehova, Passover / Pesach, Hanukkah, Ark, Judaism, shabbat, bimah, kippa
Purim, Day of Atonement, Star of David, prophet, rabbi, Bat/Bat Mitzvah.
Beth Shalom, Messiah, Yom Kippur, Rosh Hashanah.
Important people from the Torah:
Joseph, Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Ruth, King David, King Solomon, Esther, Isaiah, Daniel.
Allah, Prophet Muhammad, Qur’an, Hadith, Sunnah, Mosque, Muslim, Islamic
paradise, ummah, Iman (faith), akhlaq (character or moral conduct), adhan (call to prayer)
5 Pillars: shahada, salat, zakat, sawm, hajj
Sunni, Shi’a, Sufi, 99 Beautiful Names, Bismillah
Hindu, mandir, Aum, Brahman, Vedas
Divali, Hindu dharma, Sanatan Dharma, Murtis, gods and goddesses, deity, puja, home shrine, devotion.
Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Shiva Nataraja, Lakshmi, Parvati, Ganesha, Rama, Sita, Hanuman
Bhagavad Gita, atman, karma, dharma, moksha, ashram, ahimsa, yoga, Mahabharata, mandala, maya, varna, jati.
Non-religious, Humanist, Golden Rule, worldview.
spiritual, atheist, agnostic, rationalist, Golden Rule, secular, ‘new atheists’, skepticism, ethics, autonomy, anti-theists.