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The final step in our research process brings it all back to the researcher: "What does all this mean to ME?"

We now come to the final methodological pillar of Religion Studies. The question here is: what about me , the student of Religion Studies? Where do I stand in all of this?

Know and affirm who you are

After all, you will be the one doing the study. So there is no point in forgetting or denying who you are. This is a crucial aspect of the subject. Who one is, will inevitable colour how one perceives things. That must quite simply be acknowledged. The fact that one is an adherent of African religion, a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Hindu or whatever, will influence one's observations. You are not expected to make–believe that you are some kind of empty, blank, disembodied mind! There is nothing wrong in being who you are.

But that must be brought in balance with the previously mentioned pillars. While knowing who I am, I have to ...

  • respect the facts of religion, and not distort them to suit my preferences
  • be open to the discovery of new connections across religions
  • respect those whom I study, listen extremely carefully to them, understand them as well as I can, and never under any circumstances make fun of them

Note that the subject does not require any specific religious convictions

It is open to all, regardless of their religious persuasion, or lack of it. It is a public undertaking in the public space of our pluralistic world. One need not be religious at all oneself to be a good student of Religion Studies. In other words, one may count oneself among, for example, the adherents of a world view such as humanism. Or not even that. Remember that we use a very wide, inclusive definition of religion in this discipline.

The subject will enrich you at a personal level

Experience has shown over and again that the study of the religions of the world is a very rewarding journey form a personal point of view. How can it be otherwise? For, in spite of the many wrong things that have been done and are done today in the name of religion, religions nevertheless contain some of the loftiest sentiments of humanity. Studying them is an enriching experience, as you may already have started to discover.

Questions & Answers

Is there any normative that regulates the use of silver nanoparticles?
Damian Reply
what king of growth are you checking .?
What fields keep nano created devices from performing or assimulating ? Magnetic fields ? Are do they assimilate ?
Stoney Reply
why we need to study biomolecules, molecular biology in nanotechnology?
Adin Reply
yes I'm doing my masters in nanotechnology, we are being studying all these domains as well..
what school?
biomolecules are e building blocks of every organics and inorganic materials.
anyone know any internet site where one can find nanotechnology papers?
Damian Reply
sciencedirect big data base
Introduction about quantum dots in nanotechnology
Praveena Reply
what does nano mean?
Anassong Reply
nano basically means 10^(-9). nanometer is a unit to measure length.
do you think it's worthwhile in the long term to study the effects and possibilities of nanotechnology on viral treatment?
Damian Reply
absolutely yes
how to know photocatalytic properties of tio2 nanoparticles...what to do now
Akash Reply
it is a goid question and i want to know the answer as well
characteristics of micro business
for teaching engĺish at school how nano technology help us
Do somebody tell me a best nano engineering book for beginners?
s. Reply
there is no specific books for beginners but there is book called principle of nanotechnology
what is fullerene does it is used to make bukky balls
Devang Reply
are you nano engineer ?
fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
what is the actual application of fullerenes nowadays?
That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
what is the Synthesis, properties,and applications of carbon nano chemistry
Abhijith Reply
Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
is Bucky paper clear?
carbon nanotubes has various application in fuel cells membrane, current research on cancer drug,and in electronics MEMS and NEMS etc
so some one know about replacing silicon atom with phosphorous in semiconductors device?
s. Reply
Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
Do you know which machine is used to that process?
how to fabricate graphene ink ?
for screen printed electrodes ?
What is lattice structure?
s. Reply
of graphene you mean?
or in general
in general
Graphene has a hexagonal structure
On having this app for quite a bit time, Haven't realised there's a chat room in it.
what is biological synthesis of nanoparticles
Sanket Reply
how did you get the value of 2000N.What calculations are needed to arrive at it
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