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from Salvation to Spirituality: the Contemporary Transformation of Religions Viewed from East Asia
Author Shimazono, Susumu (著)=島薗進 (au.)
Source Religious Studies in Japan
Pages3 - 23
PublisherJapanese Association for Religious Studies=Nihon Shūkyō Gakkai=日本宗教学会
Publisher Url
Location東京, 日本 [Tokyo, Japan]
Content type期刊論文=Journal Article
Keywordspirituality; salvation religion; religious resurgence; spiritual world; new spirituality
AbstractIn the contemporary world there is a trend to restore a religious world view against the dominant secularist view. Three aspects can be observed:1. a return to traditional religions; 2. the rise of spirituality; and 3. an increase in religiosity within the modern institutional sphere. In this article the main focus is on the rise of spirituality. The author examines the historical process through which a new spirituality, mainly in economically advanced countries, has emerged and spread. The author proposes that this phenomena is related to skepticism against people's faith in salvation. In economically advanced countries, a contemporary transformation of the world view can be seen as "from religion to spirituality," but it may be more appropriate to call this transformation "from salvation to spirituality." There is continuity between "new spirituality," which develops outside the traditional religions, and an emphasis on spirituality which develops within the traditional religions. In order to understand the relationship between religion and spirituality, provisional definitions of religion and spirituality are proposed. Although there is a tension between religion and new spirituality, from another viewpoint religion and new spirituality are complementary. The understanding of this complement proposed here reflects an East Asian perspective of religious history.
Table of contentschanges in the contemporary world view 4
religion, spirituality, and salvation religions 8
the future direction of salvation religions 14
where new spirituality is heading 18
references 21
ISSN21869952 (P)
Created date2015.11.12
Modified date2020.05.04

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