Diversity of religions and freedom of religion and belief

Gary D. Bouma

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Globalisation, which I take to be the worldwide movement of people, money and culture, is transforming local communities. While a few cities were cosmopolitan before, now the majority of cities are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse as people move in pursuit of economic betterment, or to flee oppression and threats to life and limb, or merely to join other family members. This migration may be internal to the nation, usually in the form of rural to urban shifts, or between nations. One consequence is seen in increased religious diversity both between religious groups as their numbers increase and within religious groups as the arrival or emergence of those with different interpretations of the religion argue with those who share their religion but not their interpretation and application of it.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Education, Religion and Values
PublisherTaylor & Francis
Number of pages7
ISBN (Electronic)9781136677366
ISBN (Print)9780415519199
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2013

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