Whether you consider yourself a religious person or not, or whether you think religion has played a constructive or undesirable role in history, it is an incontrovertible fact that from the creation of humankind, humans have engaged in actions that we now call religion, such as prayer, worship, and rituals marking essential life passages.
Moreover, religions have always probed essential questions, such as: What is the real connotation of life? What transpires to us after death? How do we elucidate human travail and injustices?
All these questions bring us to the reason why people are interested in religion.
The answer to different religious backgrounds gives rise to these essential questions that are many and varied and often contradictory. But the questions themselves are ones with which humans throughout time have grappled, and probably will continue to grapple with into the indefinite future. Thus, one of the first reasons why most people deepen their understanding of others and ourselves through religion.
People also engage in religion to learn more about how different aspects of human life, science, politics, economics, literature, art, and law. These factors have been and continue to be molded by changing religious philosophies of, for example, good and evil, images of the deity and the divine, salvation and punishment, etc.
By learning and understanding different religious doctrines, stories, rituals, and scriptures, we can also come to appreciate how diverse communities of believers—past and present, East and West—have used their religious traditions to shape, sustain, and transform themselves.
To better engage the global society.
The Universe is linked like never before. Many relations succeed or fail on the basis of our understanding of each other. For example, the failure of the U.S. government to understand the religious dimensions of conflicts in Southeast Asia or Iran helps clarify many of their faults in judgment in current decades.
So, what can you do with a major or minor in Religious Studies? The learning of religion aids you to learn how to think disparagingly, listen empathetically, speak thoughtfully, and write clearly—all skills that will be of great importance no matter where and what you choose to do in life.
It will also help you to better live and work in the increasingly diverse society and global world. Scholars of religion go on to careers in a wide variety of fields including great Opportunity.
The reasons why people are interested in religion could be endless, but the above best describes why humankind has lean much towards religion.