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Vocabulary Lists

RE vocabulary.


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. 



General terms

- 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

holi, trimurti, 

Bhagavad Gita, atman, karma, dharma, moksha, ashram, ahimsa, yoga, Mahabharata, mandala, maya, varna, jati.


Non-religious Worldviews


Non-religious, Humanist, Golden Rule, worldview.

spiritual, atheist, agnostic, rationalist, Golden Rule, secular, ‘new atheists’, skepticism, ethics, autonomy, anti-theists.

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