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Religions 2018, 9(11), 337; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9110337

Thinking Theoretically about Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East

Department of Sociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, College of Social Sciences and International Studies, Amory Building, Rennes Drive Exeter EX4 4RJ, UK
Received: 25 September 2018 / Revised: 23 October 2018 / Accepted: 23 October 2018 / Published: 31 October 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Religiosity, Secularity and Pluralism in the Global East)
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This paper addresses the religiosity, secularity and pluralism of the global East from a theoretical perspective. To do so it draws from work undertaken by the author within the International Panel on Social Progress (IPSP), paying particular attention to the material on religion, diversity and pluralism. The final section of the article demonstrates the rootedness of social scientific thinking in the European Enlightenment and the consequences of this heritage for the understanding of religion in other parts of the world including East Asia. There are no easy answers to the questions posed by the mismatch between theory and data; there are, however, pointers towards more constructive ways forward—ways which respond sensitively to the context under review, maintaining nonetheless a high degree of scientific rigour. View Full-Text
Keywords: East Asia; global East; religion; diversity; pluralism; enlightenment thinking; sociology; sociology of religion East Asia; global East; religion; diversity; pluralism; enlightenment thinking; sociology; sociology of religion
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