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Religion In Contemporary Society: Eroded By Human Well-Being, Supported By Cultural Diversity

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This chapter argues that two different dimensions of contemporary society affect religion in opposite ways. It deals with comprehensive analyses of one and the same set of world wide data indicating that human security and cultural diversity affect religious involvement in opposite ways. The chapter analyzes the specific effects of two different dimensions of modernization in order to investigate some of the different approaches to secularization. The first effect concerns the effects of rising levels of existential security and human well-being and the second effect concerns the effects of growing levels of cultural diversity. The chapter further analyzes macro and micro level hypotheses. It also deals with contributions of research strategy which has been developed in the investigation and the empirical results to a deepened understanding of the intriguing relations between human well-being, cultural diversity and religious change.

Keywords: contemporary society; cultural diversity; human well-being; modernization; religion; secularization



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