Religious Diversity

Gary D. Bouma and Rod Ling

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religious Diversity

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This article on religious diversity questions the utility of the nation-state as the primary focus of the analysis of contemporary forms of this phenomenon, which is mostly global. Notwithstanding its increasingly complex nature, the discussion maintains that religious diversity offers the researcher a useful conceptual tool for examining how changes in religion impact on social life, and the converse. Religious diversity – differences within and between religious groups in a society – has re-entered the sociology of religion in new and powerful ways. Religious difference has become a factor in local and global conflicts and peace building.

Keywords: nation-state; religious diversity; social life; global conflicts; peace building

Article.  6307 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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