Religious Attitudes to World Poverty

Within this topic candidates should be aware of religious beliefs and teachings on world poverty and should be aware of how religious leaders and other faith members have interpreted these texts in the light of contemporary life.

  • teachings from religions, both traditional and contemporary, about world poverty;
  • religious concepts of justice, stewardship and compassion;
  • understanding the problem of poverty in Less Economically Developed Countries (LEDCs), including exploitation, debt, war, unfair trade, corruption, natural disasters, climate;
  • examples of LEDCs;
  • global interdependence and world trade;
  • reasons why believers should care for the poor in other countries;
  • the work of religious organisations which help to alleviate world poverty;
  • ways believers care for the poor in developing countries, including religious charities, aid, fair trade and voluntary service;
  • emergency aid and long term aid;
  • need for sustainable development.
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