Religious Studies GCSE: Suffering across different faiths

The film opens with some questions: if there is a great God, full of love, why is it such a tough world?

Where natural disasters such as a flood or hurricane affect thousands, is it harder to believe in God?

Would a God full of love and power allow innocent children to suffer?

This is from the series: A Question of Faith

Teacher Notes

This could be used as a model for a debate: ‘In a world where children suffer and die, it makes no sense to believe in a good God full of love.’

Students could research what different scholars and commentators say about the core questions, perhaps through selected quotations.

Atheists might include David Hume, Richard Dawkins or Christopher Hitchens.

Christians could include C.S. Lewis, John Hick or Frances Spufford. Muslims might include Al Ghazzali.

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

More from the series: A Question of Faith

Can God heal illnesses?
Religious beliefs about life after death
The concept of marriage in different faiths
Homosexuality and different faiths