Religious Studies GCSE: The concept of marriage in different faiths

This short film explores whether marriage is as important as it used to be.

What are the benefits of having a religious wedding, or a secular ceremony?

What are the benefits of having a religious wedding, or a secular ceremony?

Three young people, from Muslim, Atheist and Christian communities, attend a Pakistani Muslim wedding

They find out about the ways the bride and groom symbolise their love and respect for each other.

They are surprised at some aspects of the ceremony.

Teacher Notes

Using different information resources students could explore the changing patterns of marriage and divorce in the UK in recent years.

In small groups or whole class groups, students could debate some of the following propositions, raised by the discussions.

A) A marriage should not involve religion, because it is an agreement between two people, so it is best if ‘God’ is left out of it.

B) A successful marriage needs all the help it can get, so if people find ‘the help of God’ through prayers and marrying in church, then that is good.

C) The rate of divorce increases where societies become less religious, which shows that religion is like glue, and can keep families together.

D) A society where marriage was an option rather than a social convention would be a healthier society. E) Marriage makes trust, equality and gender-fairness more likely.

F) Marriage reinforces sexism. G) In comparison to good marriages, good weddings don’t matter.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Religious Studies at KS4/GCSE in England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Also at National 4 and National 5 in Scotland.

This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC, CCEA and SQA

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