Religious Studies, also known as the study of religion, is an academic field devoted to research into religious beliefs, behaviors, and institutions. It describes, compares, interprets, and explains religion, emphasizing systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives.
While Theology attempts to understand the transcendent or supernatural according to traditional religious accounts, religious studies takes a more scientific and objective approach independent of any particular religious viewpoint. Religious Studies thus draws upon multiple academic disciplines and methodologies including anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy, and history of religion.
The School of Religious Studies works in close cooperation with the School of Theology.
Areas of StudyEdit
Currently the School of Religious Studies is composed of the following areas of studies.
Faculty of Indigenous Religions
Faculty of New Movement Religions
If a religion you are looking for is not listed, check in the Faculty links above. Secular and Irreligious groups are not listed here.
In order to form a basic understanding of religious studies, it is recommended that students visit the following courses below. After which it would benefit students and researchers to further thier studies by exploring the wikimedia resources below before considering a specialised Area of Study.
- Religious Studies article at Wikipedia
- Related Religion textbooks at Wikibooks
- Religious Studies media at Wikimedia Commons
Things you can do!Edit
The histories of Wikiversity pages indicate who the active participants are. If you are an active participant in this division, you can list your name here (this can help small divisions grow and the participants communicate better; for large divisions a list of active participants is not needed).
How can I get involved?Edit
As a learnerEdit
Are you new to Wikiversity or the School of Religious Studies? You have come across an important resource in the development of interactive Open Educational Resources. You are welcome here as a student browsing for resources to use in your studies. You may like to to sign up for a specific course. Either way you can use this area of cyberspace to keep notes while you study - but remember, they are open for other people to read! (You can create pages linked to your user page by adding "/subspacename" after your username when starting a new page). Please also use the discussion pages to give feed back about courses whether you like them or were disappointed. We also encourage more active involvement. You can help in the development of courses, adding to the bibliography, putting in links to wikipedia (use "w:" at the beginning of the box), correcting typos etc. If you are a newcomer, please see this quick tour to help you familiarise yourself with wikiversity.
As a teacher/facilitatorEdit
We also encourage teachers to use wikiversity as a place to develop and share their teaching materials. For more general information, please look here.
As a researcherEdit
In addition to Wikiversity's learning mission in various educational sectors, Wikiversity also hosts research. Please see Portal:Research for more information.
As part of a Learning CommunityEdit
We also function as a learning community, sharing general maintenance tasks, discussing problems that arise and developing collaborative projects We keep a special page of things that need to be done for people who just want to jump in!
Have any questions? Leave them on the School's talk page, or contact one of the active particpants.
- [Research Papers ] in Religious Studies at Academia.edu
- [The Pluralism Project ] at Harvard University
- [AAR ] The American Academy of Religion