You must complete ALL of TASK FOUR in the homework booklet – your teacher will give you a completion date. Complete page 60 of your SPAG BOOKLET – this must come with you to EVERY LESSON THOUGH (don’t leave it at home). To use media clips, case studies, picture clues and an exam question to understand more about Christians and the conscience. Grade C All will be able to describe what a conscience is. Grade B Most will be able to explain the different Christian views of the conscience and how it can help them make a moral decision. Grade A/A* Some will be able to evaluate and express an opinion on the conscience as a source of moral authority. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xbw_BxDwdjk Explain what you think a conscience is… What problems might arise from letting your conscience guide your actions? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOZ zNOkcEgM&feature/related Use the picture clues to help you jot down some ideas on page 3 of your worksheet booklet ideas... A way for people (religious and non-religious) to JUDGE their moral actions It makes us feel GUILTY if we do things that are wrong. A kind of guardian prompting a person to do what is right. An INNER part of a person where a sense of right and wrong is developed. Grade C All will be able to describe what a conscience is. Use your mini whiteboards to fill in the blanks. •Christians believe EVERY HUMAN has a conscience •Christians believe that GOD speaks to Christians. The conscience is like GOD’S voice in our head telling us what to do. •Christians should NEVER act against their conscience. St Paul and St Thomas Aquinas taught that Christians should use their conscience as the final part of moral decision making. You should consider the Bible and the Church but your conscience should finalise any decision you make. Why do you think they said this? Teachings of the Church and Bible do not come directly from God and need interpreting. However, the conscience is God speaking directly to individuals and should be followed. Who would disagree with this and why? Read through Ned’s view on the conscience… HIGHLIGHT any key information. Use this information to complete PAGE 55 of your REVISION WORKBOOK – this is not against the clock but a way of ensuring you have fully understood your notes and can formulate them into an exam answer. As a Christian, I consider that my conscience is the most important guide when I make moral decisions. My conscience has been formed by the teaching I have received from my Christian parents, my vicar and at my Christian school. My conscience is also the way I can think about what God would want me to do. I can listen to my conscience, it is an inner voice, which guides me to decide what decision I would feel comfortable with. I use my conscience because I also think about the possible consequences of my decisions and how my conscience would make me feel in the different outcomes. My conscience would make me feel bad if I made the wrong decision. My conscience can be used when other sources of advice cannot, like for example, if my decision was very personal and I would not be able to find the answer in the bible and would not feel comfortable asking my vicar for help. Grade B Most will be able to explain the different Christian views of the conscience and how it can help them make a moral decision. If a Christian thought that they had heard the voice of God commanding them to kill a brutal dictator, they would see in the Bible that it is wrong to murder. However, the dictator may be murdering thousands or even millions of innocent people. To decide what to do that Christian would use their conscience, which would probably tell them that murder was wrong, no matter what the outcome. This happened in real life, when Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a Christian, joined the plot to assassinate Hitler. The plot failed and Bonhoeffer was executed. http://www.youtube.com/ watch?v=49Dxvic_pbs The Bible teaches that murder is morally wrong, ‘thou shall not kill’, but Bonhoeffer followed his conscience and plotted to assassinate Hitler. Was this RIGHT? Do you think a Christian’s conscience should be their main source of moral authority? If everyone followed their conscience we would have no agreement in society on what is right. Do you agree? Many Christians believe that if they follow the Bible and the teaching of the church then they should not go wrong and do NOT need the conscience to be the final word. Some have been mistaken about the voice of God. Peter Sutcliffe became known as the Yorkshire Ripper. He claimed that God told him to kill prostitutes. Some fundamental Christians have claimed God had told them to kill doctors who carry out abortions and blow up abortion clinics. http://www.youtube.com/v/3HcOocNOpSw What arguments arise from this case study against acting on the advice of your conscience? Some people believe that conscience is imperfect and does not always work properly. They say it is a useful tool to help people decide right from wrong, but that is not always a perfect guide. Do you agree? Grade A/A* Some will be able to evaluate and express an opinion on the conscience as a source of moral authority.