Multi-faith and Multi-cultural Britain
A religion is an organised collection of beliefs, cultures and world views that relate humanity to an order of existence. Many religions have narratives, symbols and sacred histories that aim to explain the meaning of life, the origin of life, or the universe. From their beliefs about the universe and human nature, people may derive morality, ethics, religious laws or a preferred lifestyle.
Great Britain is influenced by many different religion, cultures and backgrounds. This means that we live in a multi-faith and multi-cultural society.
We must accept and permit other religions and belief systems even if they go against your own beliefs. You do not have to believe that they are true or correct, you just need to respect their views and practices.
Living in a multi-faith and multi-cultural society means we have:
People are complicated. Not only do they have outer features such as their body and so on – they also have inner qualities, their likes and dislikes, their thoughts and experiences.
People are influenced by the nature of their families, their home and the community where they live
The way we are influenced can sometimes cause conflict. Often where there is no understanding in a society there is hatred and violence.
How are views of tolerance and intolerance shown in this film?
What Does it Mean to be British?
Research Project: What are British Values?
Multi-faith and multi-cultural Britain is a wonderful place. We are extremely lucky to be able to live within a society with so many religious and cultural beliefs represented.
These videos will help develop your understanding of the need for respect and awareness of each others differences.
Faith in you
Religion: a pathway to truth or a cause of world conflict? Young people from around the country give their views and explain what faith and religion mean to them.
Members of a youth club in London discuss the challenges and advantages of living in a culturally diverse city.
Bullies and Beliefs
A short film comprising interviews about the link between bullying and religious beliefs; do bullies target people who hold a faith and what do different faiths have to say about bullying?
Freedom Vs Responsibility
Should we ban religious slander? Can all religions live together in peace? This video details the opinions of students and MPs regarding this issue.
London: Together or Divided?
Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes on how Boris Johnson's mayoralty aims to unite Londoners regardless of faith, ethnicity or sexuality - and still maintain British cultural identity.