Quite often, students who fail at essays begin to think that they simply do not have the talent and will never become essay writers. Nevertheless, academic writing is a genre with specific rules. Therefore, writing a good essay involves more of a discipline of mind than a talent. Today, we will discuss the peculiarities of essay writing about religion.
What is an academic essay?
An academic essay is a text in which you justify a thesis, usually of a controversial nature. In order to become an essay writer, you just have to know all the aspects of this genre.
Your task is to prove a statement from a certain perspective, to convince the reader of something. Or at least show that you know the methods of proof and persuasion accepted in your field of study (and for that, you need to know at least the basic literature).
Your primary audience is the professor or the reviewer; choose your arguments with that in mind. Don’t pretend that you are writing for a wide range of interested readers. Remember that the academic essay, like any scholarly text, is always a dialogue with your colleagues or with those researchers who have dealt with the issue before you.
Remember that the academic essay is a borderline genre between fiction and science, with a bias toward science. Also, remember that the academic style does not mean a dry and mundane text. Scientific style is about simplicity, logic, and clarity.
An excellent scientific text is:
- interesting to read, it is fascinating;
- explaining new concepts if they are not universal to the field;
- related to real life. It provides recommendations for applying the results in practice or guidance to other scientists in which direction to go further.
Structure of an academic essay
An essay consists of a title (yes, the teacher gives you the topic, but the title is already part of the essay, which requires skills), an introduction, the main part, and a conclusion.
In a small essay, the introduction is usually the first paragraph (5-7 sentences, necessarily capturing the thesis of your work). If necessary, the introduction can be longer, but no more than one-fifth of your paper.
Your introduction is subordinated to the task of formulating a thesis statement, which is made up of two elements: the topic (what you are talking about) and the defining idea (what you are talking about). Both should be quite specific.
The main part is your reasoning, designed to prove the thesis put forward in the introduction. There is and cannot be any unnecessary information in the essay at all. Each paragraph plays its very own role that the reader understands.
In your conclusion, you should not offer the reader any new information. If a new idea or a new argument comes to your mind at the stage of writing the conclusion, it deserves a place in the body of the essay. In that case, you need to review the structure and find a place for it there. The conclusion is not for the new, but for the closing. Instead, in conclusion, recall the main thesis of the essay and summarize your main arguments.
How to write an academic essay about religion?
Writing an essay on a religious topic is no different from working on any other theme. You should choose a topic that is relevant to the current generation and the local community, for example. Try to narrow it down and make it as specific as possible.
You must prepare, research, and gather materials for the paper. When selecting and analyzing sources, immediately highlight the citations you like and format them properly. This will reduce your time while writing your essay. You may need to attend several services at different churches and record them on a tape recorder for later use. Either way, all resources are good when working on an essay about religion. Once you have studied all the sources, you can begin formulating your thesis statement and writing the outline of your paper. Once these two components are ready, you can safely start writing your paper.
Remember to proofread and edit your essay well before turning it in for review.