The academic study of religion addresses many dimensions and functions of religion in the world's cultures among these are sacred scripture the department's programs in philosophy and religious studies offer excellent preparation for professional work in education. 73 'insiders' and 'outsiders' the claim that it is possible to study religion adequately from a disinterested position has been hotly debated. Links to free resources for secondary school students including websites, databases and ebooks, provided by the uql cyberschool. The national study of youth and religion is a research project directed by christian smith, professor in the department of sociology at the university of notre dame and lisa pearce, assistant professor of sociology at the university of north carolina at chapel hill this project, generously.
Islam: academic resources for the study of islam, religion, qur'an, hadith, sunnah, shi'ite islam, sufism, islam in the modern world, muslim women, islamic art, architecture, music, arabic, and history. How to be a student of all religions how do you study religion consider whether you will search religion as definite faiths, personal morality and ethics--or religion as philosophy, common beliefs, real truth or religious opinion well. Is religion a valid category of scholarly inquiry in this post, i briefly set out three distinct approaches to the study of religion: criticizing religion, upholding religion, and disaggregating religion. Briefly, then, religious studies is the academic study of religion, in which scholars use evidence from authoritative texts, history, ethnographic or statistical studies, and other concrete sources to make logical arguments. Overview throughout history and around the world, from prehistoric cave paintings to the worldwide web, religion has played a central role in human civilization. Critical religion: critical approaches to the study of religion critical religion is a key marker of how we 'do' religion originating at the university of stirling in scotland, the term 'critical religion' seeks to describe two key approaches to thinking about religion: following in part from.
Learning goal 1: critical studies in religion majors in the study of religion demonstrate an ability to reflect critically and empathetically on the subject. The field of religion/worldview is a broadly defined area of study depending on the researcher's perspective, it is approached in various and often quite different ways. Religion is a major source of inspiration, meaning, and controversy in human culture, informing history, politics, economics, art, and literature. They may also work with departmental faculty involved in the study of religion in the americas and religions of asia and through his publications, his collaboration with the international society for the study of religion, nature and culture. Online resources for the study of religion biblical studies buddhism chinese and japanese religions christianity hinduism islam religion in america new religious movements.
Berkeley center for the study of religion (bcsr) university of california 440 stephens hall, mc 2340 berkeley, ca 94720. Philosophy of religion is the philosophical examination of the central themes and concepts involved in religious traditions as with the study of ethics, early analytic philosophy tended to avoid the study of philosophy of religion, largely dismissing. Why study the major religions of the world  by michael molloy because religions are so wide-ranging and influential, their study helps round out a person's education, as well as enrich one's experience of many other re lated subjects.
February 20, 2012 the insider/outsider problem the insider/outsider problem is one of the most perennial problems in the academic study of religion. The academic study of religion, which is often called religious studies, is a relatively new field that aims to treat all religious traditions even-handedly utilizing the tools from many other academic fields (including philosophy, history. Why study religion who cares about religion religion is a human and social phenomenon that is complex and persistent it is never so simple as a set of beliefs in supernatural beings or the message contained in a sacred book.