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Six Significant Topic Ideas for Religious Essay Writing

by | Mar 26, 2021

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Religion is a broad church; if you’ll forgive the pun. The myriad doctrines and deities throughout the whole genre of belief give the average essay writer plenty to go on and work within this subject.

The options for a pro essay writer working in the field of religion include the afterlife, atheists and agnostics, miracles, scripture, good and evil. Those general topics can be covered in several ways, such as comparatively, or studying one religion in particular like Buddhism or Islam.

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Next, we’ll provide a breakdown and a more in-depth examination of these significant topics for an online essay writer.

The Afterlife

What happens when we die? Some religions posit the existence of an afterlife. The afterlife is a state of being where the core essential part of an individual is preserved after their physical body has died.

There are many opinions about what this might look, or feel like; to some, the afterlife takes place within a spiritual realm. In other common views, an afterlife is a form of rebirth into the world, where the life cycle begins again; it’s debated whether the individual has or doesn’t have a memory of their past existence.

Abrahamic traditions tend to posit that the dead enter a very specific plane of existence when they die; this is set out in the Tibetan Book of the Dead too.

Good and evil

This common dichotomy has a different meaning in different traditions. For the Abrahamic and Manichean traditions, good and evil are dualistic and antagonistic; they’re in combat with each other and it is widely believed that good must, and will, overcome evil.

In Eastern traditions such as Buddhism, there is a view that good and evil are both in need of overcoming. By overcoming good and evil Buddhists empty the duality and achieve the desired state of oneness.

Atheism and Agnosticism

‘To believe or not to believe, that is the question’. Atheists do not hold a belief in the existence of deities. While agnostics believe that the existence of God, the divine, and the supernatural are not knowable.

These hesitancies towards belief are contrary to the certainties espoused over the centuries and millennia. In many previous times, these beliefs could get one killed or imprisoned. Nowadays, many people are falling into these camps.

So what does that mean for modern society? Some might say that the decline in religion brings about the disorder while sometimes paying a little attention to the disorder that has been prevalent throughout history. There’s a lot to unpack on this topic, making it great for essays. Professional college essay writers often enjoy working with this topic as it presents itself very well for a discussion and a debate.

Specific religions

There are believed to be around 4,300 religions in the world today. However, there are twelve religions that constitute the ‘main’ ones. These are, in no particular order, Christianity, Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism, Sikhism, Judaism, Taoism, Confucianism, Bahai, Shinto, Zoroastrianism, and Jainism.

In terms of numbers, the most popular or most followed religion is Christianity, with 2.4 billion followers. Islam has 1.8 billion followers. Hinduism has 1.2 billion. It’s worth considering that Atheism has around 2 billion ‘followers’ though, making it the second most common belief. This figure could be even higher given the vision that exists for atheists regarding the notion of a cultural belonging as a means of membership, rather than a firm individual belief in a certain religion.

Religion, Politics, and Power

For millennia, religious leaders were also political and economic leaders. Today, the Catholic church is still immensely wealthy and powerful, but for the most part, it has left the political sphere. Still, the centuries of wars and conflicts based on religious disquiet are ripe topics for essays. Which religious war should you study? How about one of the Crusades, the Seven Years War, the Thirty Years War, the English Revolution, the Israel-Palestine conflict, the Troubles, the September 11th attacks, the Bosnian War, or the Rwandan Civil War? The field of topics is vast.

The Psychology of Religion

Psychological studies have a lot to say about religion; how can the frameworks and methods of psychology illuminate the process of belief or disbelief? Beyond belief, there is a discussion of the spiritual side of human character, as well as phenomena such as miracles or mystical experiences.

The latter are fascinating events that have taken place throughout human history. Under the influence of special power, individuals have sought to connect with the divine to either heal, grow, or let go of traumatic experiences.

Hopefully, these topics will prove significant in your research and preparation for your essay on religion. There are many online resources available online for free, such as translations of scripture, religious art and imagery, and secondary sources discussing the topics outlined above.

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