Write a 750- to 1,050-word paper that addresses the following topics:
- What is essential (in the practices and beliefs) for a tradition to be called a religion?
- Illustrate your points by referring to the commonalities of the three Western religions.
- How do different fields of study approach religion?
- What are some critical issues in the academic study of religion?
Include specific examples from the various religious traditions described in the Week 1 readings. You may also include examples from your own religious tradition or another religious tradition with which you are familiar.
Format your paper consistent with APA guidelines.