Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following topics:

  • What is essential (in the practices and beliefs) for a tradition to be called a religion?
  • Illustrate your points by referring to the commonalities of the three Western religions.
  • How do different fields of study approach religion?
  • What are some critical issues in the academic study of religion?

Include specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week 1 readings. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.

Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following topics:

  • What is essential (in the practices and beliefs) for a tradition to be called a religion?
  • Illustrate your points by referring to the commonalities of the three Western religions.
  • How do different fields of study approach religion?
  • What are some critical issues in the academic study of religion?

Include specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week 1 readings. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.

Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.