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Religious studies

16 Mar 2016
As a separate branch of science, religious studies encompass religious beliefs, the perception of religion in different societies, rituals, institutions and behaviors. The main challenge of religious studies degree is that it makes wide connections with sociology, psychology, history, anthropology etc. While writing a paper on religion, pay attention to the multidisciplinary approach of religious studies and a biased view of the public towards religious institutions and religious beliefs. You, yourself, need to be a believer. A person that is not interested in his subject and is completely ignorant of the topic they are developing, will never sound persuasive and achieve good results.

How to write a paper on religious studies. A religious studies paper format

These common but useful pieces of advise will be handy especially for future PhD in religious studies who rose to a challenge to study best religious studies programs.

  • First and foremost, you need to understand the question and topic inside and out to develop it the right way. To come up with some ideas and approaches for investigation, look through AQA religious studies past papers.
  • Do not just present the reader with facts and analysis, you should also reflect on your paper, give it your evaluation and measure the level of importance.
  • In your paper on a rather intimate subject, religion, do not promulgate your religious beliefs. Your task is to investigate the topic and engage the reader not with your propaganda, but with the way you make findings and interpret theories.
  • Narrow the topic to several points on which you are going to dwell. Be more specific.
  • Use the sufficient quantity of both primary and secondary sources.
  • When you deciding on how to write a personal statement for religious studies or on a structure of the paper, pay attention to some lexical cliches and patterns in other papers like expository essay, psychology papers etc.

The structure of a religious paper

  1. The introduction. This is the tenth part of the whole paper. Here you state your hypothesis/question/objection etc. Make it engaging and interesting so that the reader is involved in your work and reads it to find out some new information. In addition, outline the aims of the research that you are supposed to achieve.  You may also insert some background information concerning your topic or question but not too much. Make it interesting and concise (in not more than 5-6 sentences). 
  2. The body. Provide the necessary information, data, statistics and analysis of the data. Describe the methods you used to get the outcomes and reach the aims (stated in the introduction). Connect your ideas logically and coherently, so that the audience understands everything mentioned in the paper.
  3. The conclusion. Draw a strong conclusion, summarizing all the main point in your survey. Here provide a complete answer to the problem/question that you noted in the beginning. Say whether your arguments were enough to reach the main goal. Provide some room for thought concerning future developments and investigations connected with your topic.

Possible topics for the religious paper

“Buddhist foundations of Tibetan medicine”
“Interpretation of Orthodoxy in modern China”
“Neomifologizm as the ethno-religious phenomenon of culture of the Far Eastern world”
“The phenomenon of religious dogmatism”
“Islam and Women in Modern Turkey”


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