Religious Studies KS3: I is for idols and icons

Many religions seem to agree that idolatry is bad.

But what is it and why is it such a problem? The playful narration explains why religions such as Islam and Judaism are very wary of the dangers that come with worshipping images of God.

Students will also be introduced to the concepts of icon and murti, which facilitate the worshippers’ relationship to God in Christianity and Hinduism, respectively.

So while we can say that most religions have found their way of dealing with the issue, can we really be sure that idolatry is now a thing of the past?

This is from the series: A-Z of Religion and Beliefs

Teacher Notes

You could ask your students to talk about the difference between idol and icon.

They could discuss the relationship between murti and Brahman in Hinduism and investigate why many religions seem to think that idolatry is dangerous.

Curriculum Notes

This short film will be relevant for teaching KS3 Religious Studies in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 3rd and 4th Level Religious and Moral Education in Scotland.

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