Rationalizing Religion: Religious Conversion, Revivalism and Competition in Singapore Society

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Brill, 2007 - Social Science - 326 pages
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Examining modernity and religion this book disputes the widely-spread secularization hypothesis. Using the example of Singapore, as well as comparative data on religion in China, Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Malaysia, it convincingly argues that rapid social change and modernity have not led here to the decline of religion but on the contrary, to a certain revivalism. Using qualitative and quantitative data collected over a period of twenty years, the author analyzes the nature of religious change in a society with a complex ethnic and religious composition. What happens when there are so many religions co-existing in such close proximity? Given the level of religious competition, there is a process of the intellectualization; individuals shift from an unthinking and passive acceptance of religion to one where there is a tendency to search for a religion regarded as systematic, logical and relevant.

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Chapter One Rationalizing Religion
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An Analysis
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Chapter Three Religious Conversion
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Chee Kiong Tong teaches at the Department of Sociology, National University of Singapore.

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