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Religions 2018, 9(2), 37; https://doi.org/10.3390/rel9020037

Multi-Faith Spaces Uncover Secular Premises Behind the Multi-Faith Paradigm

Faculty of Theology, University of Copenhagen, Karen Blixens Vej 16, 2300 København, Denmark
Received: 29 December 2017 / Revised: 12 January 2018 / Accepted: 22 January 2018 / Published: 25 January 2018
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Public Role of Religion)
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Abstract

Multi-Faith Spaces (MFSs) are a relatively recent invention that has quickly gained in significance. On the one hand, they offer a convenient solution for satisfying the needs of people with diverse beliefs in the institutional context of hospitals, schools, airports, etc. On the other hand, MFSs are politically significant because they represent the cornerstone of the public religion in Europe today, that is, multi-faith paradigm. Due to their ideological entanglement, MFSs are often used as the means to promote either a more privatised version of religion, or a certain denominational preference. Two distinct designs are used to achieve these means: negative in the case of the former, and positive in the latter. Neither is without problems, and neither adequately fulfils its primary purpose of serving diverse groups of believers. Both, however, seem to follow the biases and main problems of secularism. In this paper, I analyse recent developments of MFSs to detail their main problems and answer the following question: can MFSs, and the underlying Multi-Faith Paradigm, be classified as a continuation of secularism? View Full-Text
Keywords: multi-faith spaces; secularisation; multi-faith paradigm; unaffiliated; multi-belief multi-faith spaces; secularisation; multi-faith paradigm; unaffiliated; multi-belief
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