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Is a Jew studying Torah a religious act per se?

Obviously Torah study is in general one of the highest of mitzvos. However, I wonder if, depending on the kind of study method and the commentary or criticism the Jew studies, it could lose its value as a mitzvah. For example: is biblical criticism that a secular Jew studies for the sake of understanding their heritage still a mitzvah of Torah study? Does study that leads, intentionally or unintentionally, to doubt of Hashem (or viewing Hashem in a way contrary to classical Jewish theology) negate its power as a mitzvah?

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