how do you critically analyse in Religious Studies?

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steps to/advice on how to critically analyse in Religious Studies? Thank you!
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One way is to prepare a written or typed up analysis of the topic. You could also write out a summary of your own perspective as well.
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Depends on what level you're at, but if you're still in school, it just means you need to not only parrot information, but dissect it in relation to the question. So for example, if you had a question like "Should Christians eat animals?" you might quote Genesis 1.26: "Therefore let us make mankind according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth". To critically analyse this you might say that:

- On the one hand, the quote shows that God has placed humans over animals and that because of this dominion, they should be allowed to eat them. This relates to the rest of the Old Testament that doesn't have an issue with eating animals and sometimes actively commands it (like the passover lamb).
- On the other hand, by putting humans in charge of animals, humans have a duty to protect them. This relates to the broader idea of stewardship we find in Genesis 1 and 2 etc. Also if we read on in Genesis 1, God explicitly says that he has given "every seed in its fruit you shall have for food."

Great analysis might also bring in a scholarly opinion on the matter, so in this example you might talk about Andrew Linzey, a Christian theologian who thinks we shouldn't eat animals because of our role as stewards of the earth, and eating animals is bad for the planet etc.
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Depends on what level you're at, but if you're still in school, it just means you need to not only parrot information, but dissect it in relation to the question. So for example, if you had a question like "Should Christians eat animals?" you might quote Genesis 1.26: "Therefore let us make mankind according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth". To critically analyse this you might say that:

- On the one hand, the quote shows that God has placed humans over animals and that because of this dominion, they should be allowed to eat them. This relates to the rest of the Old Testament that doesn't have an issue with eating animals and sometimes actively commands it (like the passover lamb).
- On the other hand, by putting humans in charge of animals, humans have a duty to protect them. This relates to the broader idea of stewardship we find in Genesis 1 and 2 etc. Also if we read on in Genesis 1, God explicitly says that he has given "every seed in its fruit you shall have for food."

Great analysis might also bring in a scholarly opinion on the matter, so in this example you might talk about Andrew Linzey, a Christian theologian who thinks we shouldn't eat animals because of our role as stewards of the earth, and eating animals is bad for the planet etc.
this is brilliant help, thanks so much!
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