• Introduction-subject of the course
• Sectors of the Study of Religion
• Theories of the study of religion
• Methodology for the study of Religion
• Religious Identity
• Interreligious dialogue
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CONTENT OF THE LESSON
What is the Study of Religion?
How was it created?
What does it study?
Which are the main sectors of the Study of
DEFINITION OF THE DISCIPLINE
The Study of Religion is the science that deals with the
scientific research and study of the religions of the
The science of the Study of Religion has different names
1. Scientific sector of the study of religion,
Religionswissenschaft (=Science of Religion)
2. Science des Religions (=Science of Religion)
3. Comparative Religion
4. History of Religions
5. Religious Studies
6. Studies in Religion
7. World Religions 6
3. STUDY OF HUMAN SOCIETIES
• In the study of human societies what lies at the
center is the dialectical relationship between others
and our own society, the individual and the group.
• Who are “the others”?
• What can they say about our civilization and
BIRTH OF THE STUDY OF RELIGION(1)
The academic study of religion is a creation of the
It has been developed since then the belief that
religion is something that has been appropriated,
that is, can be known, understood, like any human
BIRTH OF THE STUDY OF RELIGION (2)
Some questions were addressed by various
scholars of religion who followed, applied and
suggested various theories and methods to better
understand the religious phenomenon with the
development of this discipline.
Some of their questions were the following:
1. Is religion a product of society or is it something
supernatural, something that does not come from
this world, that the scientific world cannot
2. Is religion a sui generis phenomenon or depends
on other aspects of social life? 13
BIRTH OF THE STUDY OF RELIGION (3)
So when we study religion, we need to ask
ourselves what human actions we are referring to
and what everyday life practices we assign this
But if researchers do not go into this investigation
and find that the term "religion" refers to something
unrelated to human acts and possibly pre-existing
and beyond these acts, then it cannot be made
clear that it is possible to talk about and study this
Therefore, it is necessary to clarify what we mean
when we attribute something to the concept of
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