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Rationalizing Religion

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Singapore, a small nation state with one of the highest population densities in the world, is home to most of the world’s major religions. Other than the major world religions, there are a multitude of other religions, including Sikhism, Soka Gakkai, Sathya Sai Baba, Bahai, etc, sharing the same social space. Why should we study religion and religious change in Singapore? As an introduction, this chapter points out some of the salient points which are explored throughout this book. These include how can we understand the changing religious situation? Why is religious conversion happening in Singapore? What implication does religious change have on our society? The chapter briefly investigates some of the current debate surrounding religious change as well as offers a literature review on earlier research done on religion in Singapore.

Keywords: Bahai; religious conversion; Sathya Sai Baba; Sikhism; Singapore; Soka Gakkai



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