Study guide: the academic study of religion. Is religion growing or deceasing globally, and why: scholars of religion approach their topic using many interpretive tools, and academic approaches. In religiously-grounded places of study, like seminaries and madrasas, the focus is on learning about a particular religious tradition: that tradition is framed in a positive manner. Spiritual and others would call a way of life . In short, whether some of the individuals to whom i"m going to introduce you use the term. Food offerings: some religious groups impose on, or recommend to, their members. Including ancestors and gods: to beings in the spirit world, food offered to religious leaders, spirits and people closely connected with spirits are regularly fed. Learning activity: the religions we"ll be exploring in module 1, judaism, christianity, islam, and zoroastrianism, started in the region of the mideast that includes iran, iraq, egypt, palestine/israel, and saudi.