Religious Education

Religious Education Syllabus

Religious Education Past Paper

CORE

SECTION 1: ESSENTIALS OF RELIGION

SECTION 2: CHRISITANITY

  • Christian Understanding of God;
  • Places of Worship;
  • Major Locations;
  • Source of Authority;
  • Major Teachings;
  • Christian Festivals;
  • Practices of Christianity;
  • Similarities and Differences with other Religions;
  • Coming of Christianity to the Caribbean.

SECTION 3: HINDUISM

  • Some Major Manifestations of God;
  • Sacred Places;
  • Major Locations;
  • Sources of Authority: Hindu Scriptures;
  • Beliefs;
  • Festivals;
  • Practices of Hinduism;
  • Similarities and Differences with other Religions;
  • Coming of Hinduism to the Caribbean.

SECTION 4: ISLAM

  • Relationship with Allah;
  • Places of Worship;
  • Major Locations;
  • Sources of Authority;
  • Major Teachings;
  • Festivals and Observances;
  • Practices of Islam;
  • Similarities and Differences with other religions;
  • Coming of Islam to the Caribbean.

SECTION 5: JUDAISM

  • Nature of God;
  • Places of Worship;
  • Major Locations;
  • Sources of Authority;
  • Major Teachings;
  • Festivals;
  • Practices of Judaism;
  • Similarities and Differences with other Religions;
  • Coming of Judaism to the Caribbean.

SECTION 6: CARIBBEAN INDIGENOUS RELIGIONS

  • Concept of God: Rastafari, Revivalism, Vodun, Orisha, Spiritual Baptist, Santeria;
  • Places of Worship;
  • Major Locations;
  • Major Teachings;
  • Festivals/Ceremonies;
  • Sources of Authority;
  • Similarities and Differences with other Religions;
  • The Development of Six Indigenous Religions in the Caribbean.

OPTIONS

OPTION A: CHRISTIANITY

Section 1: Human Life Issues

  • Biblical teachings on the meaning and purpose of life;
  • Concepts of stewardship;
  • Issues related to the value and dignity of life;
  • Individuals’ roles, responsibilities and rights in areas of family life and work;
  • Implications of biblical teaching of love in areas of human relationship;
  • The Old Testament background to the concept of the reign of God;
  • The New Testament background on the concept of the reign of God.

Section 2:The Bible

  • Transmission and preservation of the Bible;
  • Different types of writings;
  • Biblical passages applied to daily life;
  • Biblical teachings applied to personal and social experiences.

Section 3: God

  • Roles of God;
  • Significance of the names of God;
  • God as Father, Son and Holy Spirit;
  • Attributes of God.

Section 4: Concept of Sin and Salvation

  • Concept of Sin;
  • Sin affecting the quality of life;
  • Consequences of Sin;
  • Concept of Salvation;
  • God in the Work of Salvation;
  • Salvation and Faith;
  • Essential Factors in the Process of Salvation.

OPTION B: HINDUISM

Section 1: Human Life Issues

  • Hindu teachings on the meaning and purpose of life (Uttarkaanda RamayanDhoaa 44);
  • Concepts of Guruhood and Disciple;
  • Issues related to the value and dignity of human life;
  • Individuals’ roles and responsibilities and rights in the area of family life and work;
  • Implications of Hindu teaching of love in the areas of human relationship;
  • Scriptural teachings on the nature of human beings;
  • Sanctity of Life.

Section 2: The Ramayan/Bhagvad Geeta

  •  How the Ramayan and Bhagvad Geeta came into being;
  • Different types of writings;
  • Scriptural teachings as it relates to daily life;
  • Hindu teachings applied to personal and social experiences.

Section 3: The Absolute and Avatars

  • Roles of God;
  • Significance of the names of God;
  • God as Nirgun and Saguna Brahma;
  • Qualities of Saguna Brahma (as the Parmaatmaa).

Section 4: Concept of Sin and Liberation

  • Concept of Sin;
  • How sin affects the individual, society and environment;
  • Consequences of sin;
  • Concept of Liberation (Moksha);
  • Bondage and Liberation.

OPTION C: ISLAM

Section 1: Human Life Issues

  • Islamic teachings on the meaning and purpose of life;
  • Vicegerency of man;
  • Issues related to value and dignity of human life;
  • Individual’s roles, responsibilities and rights in areas of family life and work;
  • Concept of Ibaadah (worship) and its impact on daily life;
  • The response to the social ills and inadequacies;
  • The Islamic answers to socio-economic problems.

Section 2: The Holy Qur’an

  • Preservation, transmission and complication of the Qur’an;
  • The Arabic language as the language of the Qur’an;
  • The Qur’an: Permanent miracle revealed to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him);
  • Main Tenets of the Qur’an;
  • The Hadith: second source of guidance;
  • The teachings of Qur’an and Hadith for daily life.

Section 3: Concept of Allah (God)

  • The concept of Tawheed (Oneness of God);
  • Belief in the Angels;
  • Belief in Divine Scripture;
  • The Concept of Prophethood;
  • Belief in the Hereafter;
  • Belief in Al-Qadr (Divine Decree);
  • The relationship between the Allah and his servants (devotee).

Section 4: Concept of Sin, Punishment and Reward

  • Concept of Sin;
  • The effects of Sin;
  • The consequences of sin;
  • The concept of Taqwah (God consciousness) and Ihsan (Excellence).

OPTION D: JUDAISM

 Section 1: Human life Issues

  • Teachings on the meaning and the purpose of human life through being;
  • Concept of Stewardship;
  • Moral living in daily life;
  • Issues related to the value and dignity of human life;
  • Individuals’ roles, responsibilities and rights in family life;
  • Concept of the reign of God in the Tennach (Tenakh);
  • Medical and health issues.

Section 2: The Tennach (Tenakh)

  • Transmission of the Tennach/Tenakh;
  • The books of Teaching;
  • Instruction of Jewish teachings and practices;
  • Teachings of the Tennach/Tenakh applied to personal and social experiences.

Section 3: God

  • Nature of God;
  • The name of God and titles for God;
  • God and Covenant;
  • Attributes of God.

Section 4: Festivals and Observances

  • Jewish Festivals in the Caribbean;
  • Purpose and ceremonial observance of the festivals and holy days;
  • Explain the modern significance of each festival;
  • Identify the months of celebration for each.