Religious Study Can Put You on Path to Success

The Mail on Sunday (London, England), October 23, 2005 | Go to article overview

Religious Study Can Put You on Path to Success


Byline: JENNY LITTLE

What do Poirot star David Suchet, supermodel Christy Turlington and disgraced former Conservative MP Jonathan Aitken have in common?

Unlikely though it seems, they have all studied religion.

Far from being a lesson in how to pray, a degree in religious studies could be the path to a successful career.

Problem-solving skills, powers of analysis and a critical mind are essential qualities in exploring religion, and those skills can translate easily to many career fields, including business.

Pure theology degrees often focus on Christianity, covering scripture studies, ancient languages, divinity, history, religious philosophy and ethics.

But religious studies courses are beginning to grow in popularity because they include a wider look at religions, including Islam, Buddhism, Judaism and Hinduism.

At present, almost a quarter of universities offer a degree in religious education, but only about 2,000 students out of more than two million take the course.

Richard Brown, chief executive of the Council for Industry and Higher Education, says: 'We have found that theology students are among the most employable in the workplace because of their skills. …

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