From the University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill's website for their Religious Studies program:
"Writing for religious studies takes place within a secular, academic environment, rather than a faith-oriented community. For this reason, the goal of any paper in religious studies should not be to demonstrate or refute provocative religious concepts, such as the existence of God, the idea of reincarnation, or the possibility of burning in hell. By nature, such issues are supernatural and/or metaphysical and thus not open to rational inquiry."
And here I was, thinking that I'd been studiously writing about religion, when all I was doing was expounding on the "supernatural" that is "not open to rational inquiry."
My apologies to all of you and your rationally inquiring minds. I'll do my best to keep my religious studies confined to matters that do not "demonstrate or refute provocative religious concepts, such as the existence of God," etc.