Explain if the study of religious faith is important.

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I think that the study of religious faith is incredibly important. This is of course for plenty of reasons, but I think one of the principal reasons is that there are large numbers of people in this world who ascribe to being part of one of the major religions. Because...

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I think that the study of religious faith is incredibly important. This is of course for plenty of reasons, but I think one of the principal reasons is that there are large numbers of people in this world who ascribe to being part of one of the major religions. Because of the millions who are Muslim, or Christian, or Hindu etc, it is incredibly important to study what these religions actually believe and where they stand on a number of global issues that are important to us all.

Secondly, religion is an intensely personal matter, though of course, as the point above suggests, it impacts us all too. Exploring religion means to deepen our own understanding of such massive questions as where we come from, who we are and what our purpose is in life. Some of the major religions have contradictory answers, and so looking at religions helps us to work out our own beliefs.

Lastly, I think studying different religions becomes increasingly important in an age of globalisation where we are constantly thrust into closer contact with those with whom formerly we would probably have never met.

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I think that the study of different examples of religious faith is important.  In "study," I mean that there is much to be learned from different religious experiences and traditions.  This should not be an attempt to convert or to proselytize anyone, but rather it is an examination of religions faith and the dimensions of spirituality.  In an increasing globalized world, it is important to have a greater understanding of the different religious traditions of the world's inhabitants.  As cultures become more interdependent and intertwined, the need to understand religious expressions is more essential in order for cultural appreciation to emerge.  At the same time, if one wishes to avoid the trap of one religion dominance, being able to contrast it with other religious expressions becomes vital.  This process might also be able to explore issues of common ground between religious traditions, and hopefully reducing religious tensions and antagonisms.  In this light, I think that the study of religious faiths and traditions is important and has relevancy in the modern setting.

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