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What is the difference between Religious Studies and Theology?

Asked by R. Barnes, Last updated: Jul 16, 2019

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Answered on Jul 16, 2019

Theological study and theology are a closely related academic discipline which is easily missed up because they both have a lot to do about God. Religious education is a study that deals with the research of religious belief, behaviors, and institution. It involves describing, comparing, explaining the religious history and cross-cultural perspective. It was originated in the 19th century. While theology is the study that deals with understanding the nature of transcendent or supernatural forces. Religious studies bring up multiple disciplines which are anthropology, sociology, psychology, philosophy and history of religion while theology is based mostly on the study of God and concentrate more on the Protestant and Roman Catholic religious sectors.

Theological study and theology are a closely related academic discipline which is easily missed up
Religious studies as a course do not require and mandate its student to have some degree of faith in other to have success in studying the discipline, but for the case of theology, its mandate and require its student to have some degree of faith. The religious study explains religion systematically and emphasizes various theological perspectives, and it does not involve any spirituality, whereas theology examines the faith and religion of a person and examine his or her spiritual capability.

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