alternative topic five – universality of right and wrong
to the teacher
This activity will help to establish the universality of certain
basic ideas of right and wrong. It should lead the pupils to a deeper
understanding of the moral law which underlies much
of our culture and ensures the freedom with responsibility which
is enjoyed in a democracy.
From worksheets 5 & 6 (pages 22
& 23) emphasise:
• The age-span of these truths - from several centuries B.C.
(e.g. Ancient Jewish, Hindu
scriptures) through to the present day
• their wide geographic spread
• the common agreement on things which are right and wrong
Give class worksheet 5 (page 22) and
worksheet 6 (page 23) and resource
sheet 4 (pages 24/25).
Answers to map question on worksheet 5 are:-
5. Australian Aborigines
6. Founder of Buddhism
9. American Indians
when completed, discuss
• What do you notice about what different religions say about
the same subjects?
• What situations are caused in the world because people do
not follow these ideas?
• Does the way we live affect the people around us? Does it
matter if we lie or cheat or are unkind?
Introduction to topic six is to be found on page