By Lewis R. Rambo
Discusses the dynamics of non secular conversion, featuring it as a strategy of swap with own, cultural, social and spiritual implications. The textual content attracts on insights from psychology, anthropology, theology, missiology and interviews with converts from disparate backgrounds.
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Chinese Christians are a tiny fraction of 1 percent. Chinese and Japanese cultures are sophisticated, complex, and resilient. Their cultures are so coherent, powerful, and adaptable that they have resisted or assimilated outside threats for thousands of years. Enclaves Contexts are rarely homogeneous. Generally speaking, most societies and cultures have some measure of ethnic, cultural, and social variety. Scattered throughout the world are groups able to live relatively distinct and independent lives, despite being surrounded by an environment that may be hostile to their values.
Peter L. Berger believes that a major source of secularization is the rampant pluralism dominant in contemporary culture. With the growth of urbanization, mass communication and technology, and the rationalization of many spheres of life, a unified religious worldview seems less plausible, and religion is thus relegated to the private realm. The public world is ruled by politics and economics; the private world is governed by whatever beliefs the individual uses to shape the personal life of family and inner experience.
Generally speaking, most societies and cultures have some measure of ethnic, cultural, and social variety. Scattered throughout the world are groups able to live relatively distinct and independent lives, despite being surrounded by an environment that may be hostile to their values. These enclaves often maintain linguistic, dietary, and ritual distance from the surrounding milieu. In the Western world, Jews are a good example. Other examples include the Amish, the Hutterites, and Black Muslims.