Religious Studies KS3 / GCSE: St. Augustine and the concept of Original Sin

The religious background to Original Sin is explained by Bettany Hughes.

She gives a brief summary of the early life of St. Augustine and the contrast with his life after baptism into the Christian faith.

Augustine's concept of Original Sin is explained by reference to the story of Adam and Eve.

Bettany looks at the implications this has for attitudes towards women and sexual relationships.

This is from the series: Divine Women

Teacher Notes

Students could be asked to assess what the concept of Original Sin might mean for attitudes to women in the workplace, in marriage, and in the Church.

Students might be asked to reflect on what Augustine felt was the cause of moral evil in the world.

Students could be asked to examine and debate whether the story of Adam and Eve is to be understood literally.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Religious Studies at KS3, KS4, and GCSE in England and Northern Ireland.

Also KS4 and GCSE in Wales and at 3rd and 4th Level in Scotland.

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

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