Religion Research Topics

Religion and Theology Research 1More than 500 Ideas

The purpose of this list of more than 500 religion research topics is to provide the students and researchers with a structured topical outline of religious traditions, concepts, and figures, and explain each of them. Religion is one of the most important areas of human life. It has caused wars, inspired great acts of compassion, and produced some of the most exalted literature and philosophy known to humanity. Yet it is often difficult to find a list of research topics on the world’s religious traditions.

Ancient Religions Research Topics

1. Aztec religion
2. Canaanite religion
• Baal
3. Egyptian religion
• Akhenaton
• Amon
• Horus
• Osiris
• Ptah
4. Gnosticism
5. Greek religion
• Adonis
• Apollo
• Athena
• Diana
• Hermes
• Orphism
• Zeus
6. Inca religion
7. Indus Valley religion
8. Manichaeism
9. Maya religion
10. Mesopotamian religions
• Gilgamesh
• Inanna
11. mystery religions
• Eleusis
• Isis, Isaic religion
• Mithra
12. Nordic religion
• Celtic religion
• druids
• Loki
• Thor
• Wotan
13. prehistoric religions
14. primal religion
15. Roman religion
• Juno
• Jupiter
• Mars
• Venus
16. Zoroastrianism
• Parsees
• Zarathustra
• Zend Avesta

Buddhism Research Topics

17. Amida
18. arhat
19. Asoka
20. Avalokitesvara
21. Bardo Thodol
22. Bodhidharma
23. bodhisattva
24. Buddha, the
25. Buddhism in America
26. Buddhist festivals
27. councils, Buddhist
28. Dalai Lama
29. dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism
30. Diamond Sutra
31. Dogen
32. four noble truths
33. four unlimited virtues
34. koan
35. Lotus Sutra
36. Mahayana Buddhism
37. Maitreya
38. mappo
39. Mara
40. Nichiren
41. nirvana
42. prajna
43. Pure Land Buddhism
44. samsara
45. sangha
46. scriptures, Buddhist
47. Soka Gakkai
48. stupa
49. Tara
50. Tathagata
51. Theravada Buddhism
52. Vajrayana Buddhism
53. zazen
54. Zen Buddhism

Christianity Research Topics

55. Acts of the Apostles
56. Amish
57. Anglicanism
58. Anselm
59. Antichrist
60. apostles
61. Aquinas, Thomas
62. Armenian Church
63. Assemblies of God
64. Augustine of Hippo
65. baptism
66. Baptist churches
67. Benedictines
68. Calvin, John
69. Canterbury
70. cardinals
71. Carnival
72. cathedral
73. charismatic movement
74. Christ
75. Christian Science
76. Christianity in America
77. Christianity, independent
78. Christmas
79. Congregationalism
80. Constantine, Emperor
81. Coptic Church
82. councils, Christian
83. creeds
84. cross
85. Crusades
86. dogma and doctrine
87. Dominicans
88. Easter
89. Eastern Orthodox Christianity
90. ecumenical movement
91. Episcopalianism
92. epistles
93. Eucharist
94. Evangelical Christianity
95. Fall, the
96. Francis of Assisi and Franciscans
97. fundamentalism, Christian
98. gospels
99. grace
100. Grail
101. Halloween
102. heresy
103. Holiness movement
104. incarnation
105. India, religions in
106. inquisition, the
107. James
108. Jehovah’s Witnesses
109. Jesuits
110. Jesus
111. Joan of Arc
112. justification
113. King, Martin Luther, Jr.
114. kingdom of God
115. Latter-day Saints
116. Lent
117. liturgy
118. Lord’s Prayer
119. Luther, Martin
120. Lutheranism
121. magi
122. Mary
123. Mary, apparitions of
124. Mary Magdalene
125. Mennonites
126. Methodism
127. Nazarene, Church of the
128. New Testament
129. New Testament, Apocryphal
130. ordination
131. papacy, the
132. Paul, the apostle
133. Pentecostalism
134. Peter, epistles of
135. Peter, the Apostle
136. Presbyterian and Reformed churches
137. Protestantism
138. Protestantism in America
139. Puritanism
140. Q source (New Testament)
141. Quakers
142. Rapture
143. Reformation, Protestant
144. restoration movement
145. Revelation, book of
146. revivalism
147. Roman Catholicism
148. sacrament
149. Salvation Army
150. Seventh-Day Adventism
151. Shakers
152. televangelism
153. Thomas, Gospel of
154. Trappists
155. Trent, Council of
156. trinity
157. Unitarianism
158. United Church of Christ
159. universalism
160. Vatican Councils
161. virgin birth
162. Waldensians
163. Wesley, John

Comparative Religion Research Topics

164. abortion and religion
165. afterlife in world religions
166. alchemy
167. altar
168. ancestor worship
169. angels
170. animals and religion
171. apocalyptic literature
172. archaeology and religion
173. architecture, religious
174. art, religious
175. asceticism
176. astrology
177. atheism
178. Bible, biblical literature
179. birth rituals
180. brain, mind, and religion
181. cannibalism and religion
182. cats and religion
183. celibacy
184. charms and amulets
185. children, religion of
186. church and state
187. cinema and religion
188. circumcision
189. clothing, religious
190. clowns, religious
191. computers and religion
192. cosmogony
193. cosmologies
194. creation and world cycles
195. cults and sects, religious
196. dance and religion
197. death and religion
198. denomination
199. devils and demons
200. devotion, devotionalism
201. diet and religion
202. drama, religious
203. dreams and religion
204. drugs and religion
205. epics, religious
206. eschatology
207. eternity
208. ethics and religion
209. evil
210. evolution and religion
211. exorcism
212. fairies
213. faith
214. family and religion, the
215. fasting
216. fire and religion
217. flood stories
218. folk religion
219. founders, religious
220. free will and determinism
221. fundamentalism
222. games, play, and religion
223. ghosts
224. God
225. God, existence of
226. goddesses
227. guru
228. healing, religious
229. heaven
230. hell
231. heroes and hero myths
232. holy, idea of the
233. homosexuality and religion
234. humanism, religious
235. humor and religion
236. images, icons, idols in religion
237. incense
238. initiation, religious
239. judgment of the dead
240. kingship and religion
241. lotus
242. magic
243. marriage and religion
244. martial arts and religion
245. martyrdom
246. masks and religion
247. May Day
248. meditation
249. messiah
250. millenarianism
251. miracles
252. missionaries
253. monks and nuns
254. monotheism
255. mountains and religion
256. music and religion
257. mysticism
258. myth and mythology
259. nationalism, religious
260. nature and religion
261. New Year festivals
262. occultism and esotericism
263. pacifism, religious
264. persecution, religious
265. pilgrimage
266. politics and religion
267. polytheism
268. prayer
269. preaching
270. priests and priesthood
271. purification, religious
272. reincarnation
273. relics
274. religion, theories of the origin of
275. religious experience
276. resurrection
277. rites of passage
278. ritual
279. sacrifice
280. saints
281. salvation
282. Satan
283. science and religion
284. scripture
285. seasons and religion
286. sexuality and religion
287. sin
288. soul, concepts of
289. suicide and religion
290. Sun and religion, the
291. symbolism, in religion
292. taboo
293. theodicy
294. theosophy
295. visions
296. war and religion
297. water and religion
298. wisdom literature
299. witchcraft
300. worship

Confucianism Research Topics

301. Analects of Confucius
302. Confucius
303. I Ching

East and Central Asian Religions Research Topics

304. Bon
305. China, religions of
306. feng shui
307. Japanese religion
308. Korean religion
309. Tibetan religion
310. Vietnamese religions
311. yin/yang theory

Hinduism Research Topics

312. Agni
313. ahimsa
314. atman
315. avatar
316. Banaras
317. Bhagavad-Gita
318. bhakti
319. Brahma
320. brahman
321. brahmin
322. cakras
323. caste in Hinduism
324. dharma in Hinduism and Buddhism
325. Durga
326. fundamentalism, Hindu
327. Gandhi, Mohandas
328. Ganesa
329. Ganges River
330. gunas
331. Hanuman
332. Hindu festivals
333. Hinduism in America
334. Hinduism, new movements in
335. Indra
336. jivanmukti
337. Kabir
338. Kali
339. karma
340. Krishna
341. Krishnaism in the West
342. kundalini
343. Lakshmi
344. lila
345. mandala
346. mantra
347. Manu
348. maya
349. mudras
350. om
351. Parvati
352. prana
353. puja
354. Puranas
355. Rama, Ramayana
356. Ramakrishna
357. sadhu, sadhvi
358. sakti, Saktism
359. Sankara
360. Saraswati
361. sati (suttee)
362. Siva
363. Tantrism
364. Upanishads
365. Veda
366. Vedanta
367. Vishnu
368. Vivekananda
369. Yama
370. yantra
371. yoga

Indigenous and Cross-Cultural Religion Research Topics

372. African religions
373. African-American religions
374. Arctic religions
375. Australian religions
376. cargo cults
377. Islam, Nation of
378. Kwanzaa
379. Malcolm X
380. Native American religions
• Ghost Dance
• Sweat Lodge
381. Pacific Ocean religions
382. Rastafarians
383. Santeria
384. shamanism
385. Spiritualism
386. tricksters
387. Voodoo

Islam Research Topics

388. Aga Khan
389. Allah
390. al-Qaeda
391. assassins
392. Ayatollah
393. Druze, the
394. fundamentalism, Islamic
395. Hadith
396. Hamas
397. imam
398. Islam in America
399. jihad
400. Kaaba
401. Mecca, pilgrimage to
402. mosque
403. muezzin
404. Muhammad
405. Qur’an
406. Ramadan
407. Rumi
408. salat
409. Shariah
410. Shi’ite Islam
411. Sufism
412. Sunni Islam

Jainism Research Topics

413. Mahavira

Judaism Research Topics

414. Aaron
415. Abraham
416. Adam
417. Amos
418. anti-Semitism
419. Apocrypha
420. Baal Shem Tov
421. Babel, tower of
422. bar/bat mitzvah
423. covenant
424. Daniel
425. David
426. Day of Atonement
427. Dead Sea Scrolls
428. Elijah
429. Essenes
430. Esther
431. Eve
432. Exodus
433. Ezekiel
434. Ezra
435. Genesis
436. halakhah
437. Hanukkah
438. Hasidism
439. Holocaust, the
440. Hosea
441. Isaac
442. Isaiah
443. Jacob
444. Jeremiah
445. Jerusalem
446. Jewish festivals
447. Job
448. Jonah
449. Joseph
450. Judaism in America
451. kabbalah
452. Lilith
453. Micah
454. Moses
455. Nehemiah
456. Noah
457. Passover
458. Pharisees, the
459. prophets, biblical
460. Psalms
461. Purim
462. rabbi, rabbinate
463. Rebekah
464. Samaritans
465. Sarah
466. Saul
467. scriptures, Hebrew
468. Solomon
469. synagogue
470. Talmud
471. Ten Commandments
472. Torah
473. Zionism

New Religions Research Topics

474. Africa, new religious movements in
475. Baha’i
476. Brazil, new religious movements in
477. Japan, new religions in
478. Konkokyo
479. New Age movement
480. New Thought movement
481. Paganism, Modern
482. Rosicrucianism
483. Scientology
484. Spiritualism
485. Tenrikyo
486. UFO religions
487. United States, new religions in the

Shinto Research Topics

488. Amaterasu
489. Ise
490. Izanagi and Izanami
491. kami
492. Shinto festivals

Sikhism Research Topics

493. Adi Granth
494. Gobind Singh
495. Nanak

The Study of Religion

496. animism
497. archetype
498. dialogue
499. Durkheim, Emile
500. dynamism
501. Eliade, Mircea
502. feminism
503. Frazer, James George
504. Freud, Sigmund
505. functionalism
506. Jung, Carl Gustav
507. Levi-Strauss, Claude
508. Malinowski, Bronislaw
509. Marx, Karl
510. Otto, Rudolf
511. religion, defi nition of
512. religion, history of
513. religion, study of
514. theology
515. totemism
516. Weber, Max
517. worship

Taoism Research Topics

518. Chuang-tzu
519. Lao-tzu
520. Tao Te Ching