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The role of religion in the process of nation-building: from plurality to pluralism

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This article argues that religious pluralism, unlike religious plurality, is not a given fact in any society. It constitutes a process in which different religious traditions learn to interact with each other. This process runs parallel to, and in many ways shares the problems and goals of any programme of nation-building. Only where religious pluralism is beginning to emerge will different religions be able to participate actively in the building of a new society. Without relating to each other, different religions will not be able to promote the idea of togetherness and harmony.

Affiliations: 1: Department of Religious Studies University of South Africa PO Box 392 Pretoria 0001 Republic of South Africa


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