A List of Good Topics to Write a Persuasive Essay on Religions


English, literature and religion classes often assign persuasive essays. For students to receive top marks in the course, they must turn in a perfect paper. The essay must be edited and researched thoroughly before it is turned in. More importantly, students should find an interesting topic. Religion essays should be about more than just the existence or non-existence of god. The paper should include an interesting topic so that the student receives the best grade possible. To start brainstorming ideas, students should read through the following list.

  1. Religious wars have existed since recorded history began. Is there something about religion that leads to warfare?
  2. Recently, a French cartoonist was killed for publishing a cartoon critical of Islam. Should newspapers be allowed to offend religions in their articles, jokes and cartoons?
  3. Would the world be a better place if organized religion did not exist?
  4. How do different religions incorporate LGBT members into their congregation? Should religions be required to accept any type of person?
  5. What causes a religions schism to occur? Are breakaways from a church a good thing?
  6. Some religions like Scientology and Jehovah's Witness do not believe in modern medicine. Should they be required to have medical treatment despite their beliefs?
  7. Are religions the only way to increase spiritual growth?
  8. The Bible says that it is easier for a camel to pass through the eye of a needle than a rich man to enter heaven. If
  9. Christianity is against money and materialism, why must people donate their earnings to their church?
  10. Should women be an accepted part of the clergy?
  11. Slavery is a common motif in the Bible. Were southern slave owners justified in thinking that good Christians could own slaves?
  12. Will there ever be a female pope?
  13. Is it possible to make religious perspectives and science agree?
  14. Does Islam actually support the idea of jihad or holy war?
  15. If god cannot be proved to exist, should people still practice their religion?
  16. Should Christians support the death penalty?
  17. In the Bible, Solomon had about 1,000 wives and concubines. Since polygamy was common in the Bible, should it still exist in the modern world?
  18. Is faith healing an effective way to treat an illness? (This essay could also discuss the placebo effect.)
  19. There is a separation of church and state, but chaplains serve in the military. Should chaplains receive military pay to preach their religion?
  20. Is therapeutic touch an actual medical remedy or is it just a hoax?
  21. Should religion and prayer be allowed in public schools?

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