The term “religion” originates from the Latin noun “religio”, that was nominalized from one of three verbs: “relegere” (to turn to constantly/observe conscientiously); “religare” (to bind oneself [back]); and “reeligere” (to choose again). Religious studies is an academic field of multi-disciplinary, secular study of religious beliefs, behaviours, and institutions. As an academic discipline, religious studies originated in the nineteenth century when scholarly and historical analysis of the Bible had flourished, and Hindu and Buddhist texts were first being translated into European languages. The disincline also draws upon others and their methodologies including anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and history. At Homework Help UK, our experts are able to describe, compare, interpret, and explain various religious polemics, symbols and texts, emphasizing systematic, historically based, and cross-cultural perspectives.
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