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    • Anthropology of religion

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    • Buddhist studies

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    • Christianity studies

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    • Cognitive science of religion

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    • Hindu studies

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    • History of religion studies

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    • History of religions school

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    • Islamic studies

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    • John Templeton Foundation

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    • Judaic studies

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    • Neurotheology

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    • Religious comparison

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    • Religious studies

    • Religious studies, alternately known as the study of religion, is the multi-disciplinary 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 ... Read »


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    • Academic study of Western esotericism

    • Western Esotericism is an academic field of research, scholarship, and education that focuses on the history of European and Middle Eastern Esotericism. The academic study of Western esotericism was pioneered in the early 20th century by historians of the ancient world and the European Renaissance, who came to rec ... Read »


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    • Agricultural spiritualism

    • Agricultural spiritualism or the Spirit of Agriculture refers to the idea that the concepts of food production and consumption and the essential spiritual nature of humanity are linked. It assumes that spirituality is inherent to human consciousness, is perhaps a product of it, and is accessible to all who cultivate it ... Read »


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    • American Academy of Religion

    • The American Academy of Religion (AAR) is the world's largest association of scholars in the field of religious studies and related topics. It is a nonprofit member association, serving as a professional and learned society for scholars involved in the academic study of religion. It has some 10,000 members worldwide, w ... Read »


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    • Anthropology of religion

    • Anthropology of religion is the study of religion in relation to other social institutions, and the comparison of religious beliefs and practices across cultures. In the early 11th century, AbÅ« Rayhān BÄ«rÅ«nÄ« (973-1048), wrote detailed comparative studies on the anthropology of religions and cultures ... Read »


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    • Bahá'í studies


    • Civil religion

    • Civil religion is a concept that originated in French political thought and became a major topic for American sociologists since its use by Robert Bellah in the 1960s. It means the implicit religious values of a nation, as expressed through public rituals, symbols (such as the national flag) and ceremonies on sacred da ... Read »


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    • Cognitive ecology of religion

    • Cognitive ecology of religion is an integrative approach to studying how religious beliefs covary with social and natural dynamics of the environment. This is done by incorporating a cognitive ecological perspective to cross-cultural god concepts. Religious beliefs are thought to be a byproduct of domain-specific cogni ... Read »


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    • Dabestan-e Mazaheb

    • The Dabestān-e Mazāheb, also transliterated as Dabistān-i Mazāhib (Persian: دبستان مذاهب‎‎) "School of Religions", is an examination and comparison of South Asian religions and sects of the mid-17th century. The work is written in Persian, probably having been comp ... Read »


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    • Definition of religion

    • The definition of religion is a controversial subject in religious studies. Some scholars define "religion" as a cultural system of behaviors and practices, others as a "comprehensive worldview" or a "moral community called a church". Some scholars, such as Wilfred Cantwell Smith, have tried to correct a perceived Jude ... Read »


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    • Development of religion

    • The origin of religion is uncertain, but it has been suggested that it evolved for the nurture of children. The sociological development of religion includes such considerations as the evolutionary origin of religions and the evolutionary psychology of religion; the history of religions, including Prehistoric religi ... Read »


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    • Euhemerism

    • Euhemerism is an approach to the interpretation of mythology in which mythological accounts are presumed to have originated from real historical events or personages. Euhemerism supposes that historical accounts become myths as they are exaggerated in the retelling, accumulating elaborations and alterations that reflec ... Read »


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    • Evolutionary origin of religions

    • The emergence of religious behavior by the Neolithic period has been discussed in terms of evolutionary psychology, the origin of language and mythology, cross-cultural comparison of the anthropology of religion, as well as evidence for spirituality or cultic behavior in the Upper Paleolithic, and similarities in great ... Read »


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    • Hierotopy

    • Hierotopy (from Ancient Greek: ἱερός, sacred + Ancient Greek: τόπος, place, space) is the creation of sacred spaces viewed as a special form of human creativity and also a related academic field where specific examples of such creativity are studied. The concept and the term were d ... Read »


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    • The Immanent Frame

    • The Immanent Frame is a digital forum that publishes interdisciplinary perspectives on secularism, religion, and the public sphere. It was formed in conjunction with projects on religion and the public sphere at the Social Science Research Council (SSRC). Initially conceived as an experimental blog that invited multipl ... Read »


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    • Institute on Religion in an Age of Science

    • The Institute on Religion in an Age of Science (IRAS) is a non-denominational society that promotes and facilitates the ongoing dialectic between religion and science. The Institute has held annual week-long conferences at Star Island in New Hampshire since 1954. The conference attracts about 250 members and non-member ... Read »


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    • International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion

    • The International Association for the Cognitive Science of Religion (IACSR), founded in 2006, is a scholarly association dedicated to the promotion of the Cognitive Science of Religion. The IACSR is an interdisciplinary association, including scholars from a wide variety of disciplines in the human, social, natural and ... Read »


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    • Law and religion

    • Law and religion is the interdisciplinary study of relationships between law, especially public law, and religion. Vogel reports that in the 1980s a new law and religion approach emerged that progressively built its own contribution to religious studies. Over a dozen scholarly organizations and committees were formed b ... Read »


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    • List of new religious movement and cult researchers

    • The academic study of new religious movements is known as 'new religions studies' (NRS). The study draws from the disciplines of anthropology, psychiatry, history, psychology, sociology, religious studies, and theology.Eileen Barker noted that there five sources of information on NRMs: the information provided by such ... Read »


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    • Lived religion

    • Lived religion is the ethnographic and holistic framework for understanding the beliefs, practices, and everyday experiences of religious and spiritual persons in religious studies. The name lived religion comes from the French tradition of sociology of religion "la religion vécue." The concept of lived religion wa ... Read »


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    • The Long Search

    • The Long Search was a 1977 BBC documentary television series spanning 13 episodes. Presented by theatre director Ronald Eyre, the series surveyed several major world religions, including Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic Christianity. Other episodes surveyed Theraveda and Zen Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, and th ... Read »


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    • The Matheson Trust

    • The Matheson Trust

      The Matheson Trust is an educational charity based in London dedicated to further and disseminate the study of comparative religion, especially from the point of view of the underlying harmony of the major religious and philosophical traditions of the world. The Matheson Trust was established in London in 1974 by ... Read »


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    • Multiple religious belonging

    • Multiple religious belonging refers to the idea that individuals can belong to more than one religious tradition. While this is often seen as a common reality in regions such as Asia with its many religions, religious scholars have begun to discuss multiple religion belonging with respect to religious traditions such a ... Read »


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    • OTSEM

    • OTSEM (Old Testament Studies: Epistemologies and Methods) is a research network of several Northern European universities. Originally Nordic-German in nature, it now includes British universities as well, which gives it a Nordic-German-Anglo profile. The organization focuses on research into the Hebrew Bible and promot ... Read »


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    • Pagan studies

    • Pagan studies is the multidisciplinary academic field devoted to the study of contemporary Paganism, a broad assortment of modern religious movements, which are typically influenced by or claiming to be derived from the various pagan beliefs of pre-modern Europe. Pagan studies embrace a variety of different scholarly a ... Read »


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    • Phenomenology of religion

    • The phenomenology of religion concerns the experiential aspect of religion, describing religious phenomena in terms consistent with the orientation of worshippers. It views religion as made up of different components, and studies these components across religious traditions in order to gain some understanding of them. ... Read »


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    • Pizza effect

    • The pizza effect is a term used especially in religious studies and sociology for the phenomenon of elements of a nation or people's culture being transformed or at least more fully embraced elsewhere, then re-imported back to their culture of origin, or the way in which a community's self-understanding is influenced b ... Read »


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    • Political science of religion

    • The political science of religion (also referred to as politicology of religion or politology of religion) is one of the youngest disciplines in the political sciences that deals with a study of influence that religion has on politics and vice versa with a focus on the relationship between the subjects (actors) in poli ... Read »


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    • Religion and environmentalism

    • Religion and environmentalism is an emerging interdisciplinary subfield in the academic disciplines of religious studies, religious ethics, the sociology of religion, and theology amongst others, with environmentalism and ecological principles as a primary focus. This subfield is founded on the understanding that, ... Read »


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    • Religion Explained

    • Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought

      Religion Explained: The Evolutionary Origins of Religious Thought is a book by cognitive anthropologist Pascal Boyer that discusses the evolutionary psychology of religion and evolutionary origin of religions. In the book, Boyer describes the genesis of religious concepts as a phenomenon of the mind's cognitive in ... Read »


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    • Religiosity

    • Religiosity, in its broadest sense, is a comprehensive term used to refer to the numerous aspects of religious activity, dedication, and belief (religious doctrine). Another term less often used is "religiousness". In its narrowest sense, religiosity deals more with how religious a person is, and less with how a person ... Read »


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    • Religiosity and education

    • The relationship between the level of religiosity and the level of education has been studied since the second half of the 20th century. The parameters of the two components diverse: the "level of religiosity" remains a concept which is difficult to differentiate scientifically, while the "level of education" is easie ... Read »


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    • Religious education in primary and secondary education

    • Religious education is the term given to education concerned with religion. It may refer to education provided by a church or religious organization, for instruction in doctrine and faith, or for education in various aspects of religion, but without explicitly religious or moral aims, e.g. in a school or college. The t ... Read »


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    • Religious exclusivism

    • Religious exclusivism is the doctrine or belief that only one particular religion or belief system is true. Muslims believe that Islam is the original and primordial faith, or fitrah, that was revealed by Muhammad. Muslims maintain that previous messages and revelations have been partially changed or corrupted ove ... Read »


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    • Religious instinct

    • Religious instinct has been theorized by some scholars as a part of human nature - support for such a position being found in the fact that (as Talcott Parsons put it) “there is no known human society without something which modern social scientists would classify as religion”. Theologians however have quest ... Read »


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    • Religious Research Association

    • The Religious Research Association is a scholarly association of researchers and religious professionals. It was created in 1951 as the Religious Research Fellowship, although it existed informally as far back as the 1920s as a partnership between the Institute of Social and Religious Research and the Federal Council ... Read »


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    • Scientific study of religion

    • The Scientific study of religion represents the systematic effort by scholars and researchers to investigate religious phenomena, as well as the sociology of church participation. The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion was founded in 1949 by scholars in religion and social science, and it publishes the Journ ... Read »


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    • Society for the Scientific Study of Religion

    • The Society for the Scientific Study of Religion (founded in 1949) was formed to advance research in the social scientific perspective on religious institutions and experiences. The Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion is published by the Society to provide a forum for empirical papers in the topic area. ... Read »


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    • Society for the Study of Black Religion

    • The Society for the Study of Black Religion is the oldest scholarly society dedicated to the study of the African-American religious experience. It is dedicated to "scholarly research and discussion about the religious experiences of Blacks." The SSBR was founded in 1970 to support black religious scholars' critic ... Read »


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    • John Templeton Foundation

    • The John Templeton Foundation is a philanthropic organization with a spiritual or religious inclination that funds inter-disciplinary research about human purpose and ultimate reality. It is usually referred to simply as the Templeton Foundation. It was established in 1987 by investor and philanthropist Sir John Temple ... Read »


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    • Theories about religions

    • Sociological and anthropological theories about religion (or theories of religion) generally attempt to explain the origin and function of religion. These theories define what they present as universal characteristics of religious belief and practice. From presocratic times, ancient authors advanced theories about ... Read »


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    • Urreligion

    • Urreligion ( being a Germanic prefix for original, primitive, elder, primeval, or proto-) is a notion of an "original" or "youngest" form of religious tradition. The term contrasts with organized religion, such as the theocracies of the early urban cultures of the Ancient Near East or current world religions. The term ... Read »


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    • Viruses of the Mind

    • "Viruses of the Mind" is an essay by British evolutionary biologist Richard Dawkins, first published in the book Dennett and His Critics: Demystifying Mind (1993). Dawkins originally wrote the essay in 1991 and delivered it as a Voltaire Lecture on 6 November 1992 at the Conway Hall Humanist Centre. The essay discusses ... Read »


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    • Western esotericism

    • Western esotericism (also called esotericism and esoterism) is a scholarly term for a wide range of loosely related ideas and movements which have developed within Western society. They are largely distinct both from orthodox Judeo-Christian religion and from Enlightenment rationalism. A trans-disciplinary field, esote ... Read »


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    • Women and religion

    • The study of women and religion typically examines the role of women within particular religious faiths, and religious doctrines relating to gender, gender roles, and particular women in religious history. According to the Christian Bible, wives are expected to be submissive in many ways. They are asked not only t ... Read »


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    • Women as theological figures

    • Women as theological figures have played a significant role in the development of various religions and religious hierarchies. The study of women and religion typically examines the role of women within particular religious faiths, and religious doctrines relating to gender, gender roles, and particular women in religi ... Read »


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