Religious Studies

Religious studies is an interdisciplinary subject whose object of investigation, exposition, and analysis is religion, although the difficulty in specifying the scope of religion allows the field flexibility in object of study insofar as cultural phenomena can bare structural similarities to paradigmatic religious institutions. As a subject, religious studies draws from fields such as history, anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and more. Religious studies intends to be a subject impartial to the claims internal to given religions, although it may make use of theories of religious difference that indirectly put constraints on evaluative judgment if evaluative judgment were undertaken. Religious studies limits its concern about its object to the systematic interpretation and organization of religious doctrine and internal religious disagreements, the emergence of and attraction to religion, and the development of religious institutions. This all in interaction with exogeneous social, cultural, economic and political factors, and in terms of the relationship between practice and belief.