Secularization in a Japanese context

@article{Swyngedouw1976SecularizationIA,
  title={Secularization in a Japanese context},
  author={Jan Swyngedouw},
  journal={Japanese Journal of Religious Studies},
  year={1976},
  volume={3}
}
  • J. Swyngedouw
  • Published 1 November 1976
  • Philosophy
  • Japanese Journal of Religious Studies
DEFINING THE PROBLEM Pointing out the paradoxical situation of religion in Japan has long been a classic starting point for any discussion on religiosity in this country. In the West, controversies over the implications of contemporary sociocultural changes on man's religious aspirations and expressions formulated in terms of secularization, and the corresponding difficulty of coming to a unanimous evaluation, have characterized sociological theories of religion especially during the last… 

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