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Religions 2011, 2(2), 198-215; doi:10.3390/rel2020198

Diffused Religion and Prayer

University of Roma, Tre / Via Milazzo 11b - 00185 Roma, Italy
Received: 28 March 2011 / Revised: 9 June 2011 / Accepted: 17 June 2011 / Published: 23 June 2011
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Current Studies in the Sociology of Religion)
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It is quite likely that the origins of prayer are to be found in ancient mourning and bereavement rites. Primeval ritual prayer was codified and handed down socially to become a deep-rooted feature of people’s cultural behavior, so much so, that it may surface again several years later, in the face of death, danger, need, even in the case of relapse from faith and religious practice. Modes of prayer depend on religious experience, on relations between personal prayer and political action, between prayer and forgiveness, and between prayer and approaches to religions. Various forms of prayer exist, from the covert-hidden to the overt-manifest kind. How can they be investigated? How can one, for instance, explore mental prayer? These issues regard the canon of diffused religion and, therefore, of diffused prayer.
Keywords: prayer; diffused religion; secularization prayer; diffused religion; secularization
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