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Exploring Spirituality and Unchurched Religions in America, Sweden, and Japan

Publiceringsår: 2005
Språk: Engelska
Sidor: 3-23
Publikation/Tidskrift/Serie: Journal of Contemporary Religion
Volym: 20
Nummer: 1
Dokumenttyp: Artikel
Förlag: Taylor & Francis


A typology of churched and unchurched religions is developed and then used to analyse the status of unchurched spirituality in the United States, Sweden, and Japan. In the United States, churched religions remain strong, while most of those who say they have no religious preference are quite religious, merely unchurched. In Sweden, the lack of participation in the state church seems to be more than offset by a rapid rise in unchurched religion, especially among the young. Japan's celebrated lack of religion is found to be merely a lack of churched religions, as the Japanese are devoted followers of unchurched faiths. In conclusion, the relative lack of authority of unchurched religions is examined.



  • Religious Studies


  • ISSN: 1353-7903

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