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Singapore Chronicles: ReligionSingapore Chronicles: Religion by Lai Ah Eng

Singapore is one of the most religiously diverse countries in the world. This feature gives multiple layers and combinations of richness, hybridity, complexity and fluidity to its landscape of religious communities, orientations and interactions. This book provides an overview of Singapore's religious diversity and focuses on some of its contemporary complexities. While recognising the positive - vibrancy and richness in religious diversity - it highlights problems and challenges posed by some religious trends and developments. The book foregrounds three religious/faith traditions and orientations - Islam, Christianity and secularism - which have become significant in recent times. It highlights some challenges of growing religiosity and religious diversity, assesses how they can be expected to evolve in the near future, and discusses how they might be navigated.

You Can Create Your Life: How To Create Prosperity Health & HappinessYou Can Create Your Life: How To Create Prosperity Health & Happiness by Zhou, Elaine

In this book, you will learn and experience a powerful proven life-changing and easy-to-apply system for positive and on-going personal transformation, acquiring specific techniques that can take you forward in your everyday life, business and work. You will be guided step by step, reinforced by the real-life stories of the author and her clients, to move into a new, more powerful state of mind, enabling you to reach your full potential and create the life you deserve. Learn to take the first step towards using your mind to create what you want in life and live abundantly, rich in spiritually, mentally and financially.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In BatamTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #07: The Traditionalist Response To Wahhabi-Salafism In Batam by Norshahril Saat

The rise of Wahhabi-Salafi ideology in neighbouring Batam is causing concern in Singapore. There are worries that some Singapore Muslims are being radicalized by Batam's Islamic radio station Hang FM, which openly promotes Wahhabi-Salafi teachings. This article argues that Batam Muslims are non-violent traditionalists in their orientation, and key religious leaders from the state have come out against Wahhabi-Salafis anti-pluralist ideas.

Islam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About IslamIslam Explained: Essential Reading For Anyone Who Wants To Know More About Islam by Shaik Kadir

Islam, a faith that embraces all races and cultures, has spread far and wide across the globe. Few people have not heard about Islam or interacted with Muslims. But many, including some Muslims, do not know much about Prophet Muhammad or what the Qur'an actually teaches. This fully updated and expanded second edition of Islam explains concisely Islam's principles and message of peace for mankind; clarifies misconceptions about Islam with regard to the Qur'an and the Hadith, the significance of the jihad, the requirements for halal food, and other issues; describes what Muslims need to practise to be righteous and helpful to the peace and progress of the one's country of residence and the wider world; and presents all the essential information in 25 succinct chapters.

Towards A Kind And Gracious Society: A Christian Perspective On Being Good NeighboursTowards A Kind And Gracious Society: A Christian Perspective On Being Good Neighbours by Wan, William

Every year, thousands of complaints were lodged by neighbours against one another indicating a diminishing of civility and neighbourly consideration. In light of the Christian ideal of loving God and our neighbours, the book seeks to answer the questions, "Who is our neighbour?" and "How do we love our neighbour?" It is possible to live without interaction with our neighbours, but it is not what Christians are called to do. We need to engage our society by contributing to good neighbourliness. This book offers some practical suggestions on how we can foster a kind and gracious society by the way we conduct ourselves as good neighbours.

Common Morality And Natural Law: A Christian PerspectiveCommon Morality And Natural Law: A Christian Perspective by Ng Kam Weng

The purpose of this book is to explore how Christians may find common moral grounds with fellow citizens so that they can work together for the betterment of the commonwealth. It explores certain social realities that must be accepted by all citizens, in particular, the condition of the public arena with its dominant political paradigm of secular democracy; and how one can use common values as the minimum moral framework for social interaction-consistent with the natural law theory.

Religious Pluralism: A Christian PerspectiveReligious Pluralism: A Christian Perspective by Tan Loe Joo

In a religiously pluralistic world, the Christian church is faced with challenges and responsibilities regarding its relationship with other faiths. Can Christians learn anything from other religions? What is the theological relationship between other faiths and Christianity? And, is Jesus really the only way to salvation? This book discusses the various Christian responses to religious plurality based on the tri-fold typology. It begins with a discussion of pluralism in generic terms before proceeding to describe some of the challenges that religious pluralism poses for the Christian faith. The theological merits and pitfalls of each standpoint are analysed, before concluding with some observations on the current trend in the theology of religions, one that is based on the doctrine of the Trinity and called the Trinitarian Theology of religions.

#Faith: Social Media And The Church#Faith: Social Media And The Church by Ang Peng Hwa & Pauline Hope Cheong

#Faith: Social Media and the Church provides a pathway for understanding our interaction with one of the latest media innovations today. This monograph is not intended as a "how to" manual. It is more a "why" and "what are the implications" booklet. The monograph concludes that social media is suited to the social church, but its uses are not without challenges and tensions. The adoption of the latest media including Internet-based social media can benefit the church, and help reach the young. However, as social beings, our need for perpetual connection need not solely be slaked by a compulsive social media diet.

Marriage And Family: A Christian PerspectiveMarriage And Family: A Christian Perspective by Solomon, Robert M.

Rapid changes in social structures, values, norms and behaviour patterns are affecting long-held perspectives and patterns of marriage and family. This booklet will seek to assist reflection by individuals, families, churches, and society at large on what the challenges are and how they can be addressed. It will explore what the Bible teaches about marriage and family and how this has been understood and applied by Christians in centuries past.

Science And The Christian FaithScience And The Christian Faith by Loke, Andrew

Many people think that science and the Christian faith are in conflict. This booklet shows that this is a misconception. Belief in God is not based on ignorance, but on reasons. The conclusion that the universe has a Creator does not hinder the scientists from discovering how the universe works and hence progressing in their understanding of the natural world. It is possible to reconcile areas in which science and Christianity are widely perceived to be in conflict, such as the age of the cosmos and evolution. Far from conflicting with the Christian faith, a correct understanding of science can help people perceive the reality and greatness of God.

Education And Society: A Christian Vision Of Public Education In SingaporeEducation And Society: A Christian Vision Of Public Education In Singapore by Towndrow, Phillip A.

What is a Christian vision of public education in Singapore? This booklet shows how balancing secular, tolerant and egalitarian interests means having to make some tough decisions and steering a path that is, at times, highly individualistic, strongly-competitive and performative in nature. In striking contrast, a Christian vision of public education is based on the distinctive characteristics of the faith - unconditional love, community-orientation and spiritual rootedness in a perfect creator God.

Thaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil DiasporaThaipusam In Malaysia: A Hindu Festival In The Tamil Diaspora by Vadivella Belle, Carl

In Thaipusam in Malaysia: A Hindu Festival in the Tamil Diaspora, the author argues that many scholars who had written about Thaipusam in Malaysia had constructed interpretations of the festivals and the associated forms of worship (especially the kavadi ritual) which suggested their own rationales for Thaipusam. It was contended that each of these analyses was superficially convincing, but when subject to close examination relied upon ethnographies that were far from complete. In treating Thaipusam as sui generis, these scholars had failed to situate either the festival or the kavadi ritual within a sufficiently broad cultural or comparative framework. The main objective of this study has been to closely examine Thaipusam from the "inside", as it were, and to trace the layers of meaning and the recondite vocabularies of this multifaceted and complex festival in terms of its continuing relevance to Malaysian Hindus. He concludes that far from being a cultural aberration, a product of time, place and the peculiar circumstances of Hindu Malaysians, Thaipusam is constructed from deep-rooted elements of South Indian culture, and can only be fully comprehended by locating it within Tamil history, philosophies and belief structures, and in particular those associated with the Tamil deity Murugan.

Equal Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And BelongingEqual Joy, An: Reflections On God, Death And Belonging by Lim, Catherine

Reflections on God, Death and Belonging. A collection of essays in which award-winning author Catherine Lim undertakes a bold and intense exploration into the fear of death, the nature of religion and the question of who we are. Drawing on her own experiences and myriad of influences. Lim reflects on the beauty of both the natural world and the world of faith.

Trends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum TuaTrends In Southeast Asia 2017 #01: Johor Remains The Bastion Of Kaum Tua by Norshahril Saat

Many scholars on Malaysia have recognized that Salafism-Wahhabism has penetrated substantially into the country's political and social life. The southern state of Johor has always been considered, and remains, the bastion of kaum tua, with its religious institutions dominated by ulama (religious scholars) who are traditionalist in character but tolerant of religious practices that are infused with local culture and mysticism. These scholars have also tended to maintain conservative attitudes on gender issues, inter-religious relations, and intra-faith differences. The Sultan of Johor appoints the Mufti whose primary role is to issue fatwas (religious rulings) and be the ex-officio of the Johor Islamic Religious Council, the highest Islamic body in the state. Johors Muftis are dominantly political quietists, and loyal to the ruling family. Occasional interventions by the Sultan of Johor in the religious sphere have proved crucial in ensuring that the state maintains its Malay character. The Sultan also acts to protect the states religious institutions from encroachment by the federal government.

Routledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-ZRoutledgecurzon Encyclopedia Of Confucianism Volume 1 A-N - Volume 2 O-Z by Xinzhong Yao (Ed.)

The Encyclopedia, the first of its kind, introduces Confucianism as a whole, with 1,235 entries giving full information on its history, doctrines, schools, rituals, sacred places and terminology, and on the adaptation, transformation and new thinking taking place in China and other Eastern Asian countries. An indispensable source for further study and research for students and scholars.

National Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern ShintoNational Faith Of Japan: A Study In Modern Shinto by Holtom, D. C.

This classic work, long out of print, was the first detailed study of modern Shinto, the religion of Japan, in both its state and sect forms, and is of particular interest for its account of the evolution of Shinto into a vital political force in the period leading up to World War II. After describing the early and medieval forms of Shinto, Holtom outlines the way in which traditional Shinto - unorganised and neglected at the time of the Meiji Restoration - was subsequently used by the new government as a force for reunifying the country through 'integrating the national mind and glorifying the national destiny'. Following the legal separation of state and sect Shinto in 1882, Holtom shows how state Shinto grew steadily with the growth of modern Japan, becoming in his words 'a factor that could not be safely overlooked in making an inventory of the important items involved in the extension of Japanese political control and cultural influence on the Asiatic Continent and elsewhere'.

New History Of Christianity In ChinaNew History Of Christianity In China by Bays, Daniel H.

A New History of Christianity in China, written by one of the world's the leading writers on Christianity in China, looks at Christianity's long history in China, its extraordinarily rapid rise in the last half of the twentieth century, and charts its future direction. It provides the first comprehensive history of Christianity in China, an important, understudied area in both Asian studies and religious history; traces the transformation of Christianity from an imported, Western religion to a thoroughly Chinese religion; contextualizes the growth of Christianity in China within national and local politics; offers a portrait of the complex religious scene in China today; and contrasts China with other non-Western societies where Christianity is surging.

Justice Demand, The: Social Justice & The Singapore ChurchJustice Demand, The: Social Justice & The Singapore Church by Wong, Ronald Jj

Where is social justice in the Gospel? Where is social justice in the Church? These are the two main questions this book seeks to explore. Through the recount of the author's journey of discovering social justice in the Bible, on the streets of Singapore, in the long history of the Singapore and global Church, a survey of local Christians and interviews with Christian justice-seekers and pastors, this book challenges the Singapore Church, as God's Kingdom community, to reclaim biblical social justice as an integral facet of living the Gospel and manifesting God's Kingdom.

Charismatic Monks Of Lanna BuddhismCharismatic Monks Of Lanna Buddhism by Cohen, Paul T. (Ed.)

Lanna Buddhism is a variant of Theravada Buddhism that evolved between the 13th and 16th centuries in northern Thailand and spread to neighbouring areas of the Upper Mekong region. A salient feature is the belief in charismatic monks, some of whom are renowned for their asceticism, supernatural powers and strivings to recreate a utopian 'Buddha-land'. Issues highlighted in the book are the relationship of these charismatic monks to the state and state-controlled monkhood (sangha), the tendency for religious construction to spill over into economic development activities, and the diversity of lowland and highland devotional communities from Thailand and Myanmar. The book also explores contemporary influences on this religious tradition: the continuing marginalization of highland minorities and consequent devotion to messianic leaders, the incorporation for Lanna holy men into a national constellation of popular charismatic monks, the commercialization of Buddhism, and the patronage of wealthy urban elites. Charismatic Monks of Lanna Buddhism will appeal to scholars within the fields of Buddhist studies, Thai studies and the anthropology of religion as well as to those with an interest in the study of contemporary religious change in Thailand.

Esoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, IconsEsoteric Buddhism In Mediaeval Maritime Asia: Networks Of Masters, Texts, Icons by Acri, Andrea (Ed.)

This volume advocates a trans-regional, and maritime-focused, approach to studying the genesis, development and circulation of Esoteric (or Tantric) Buddhism across Maritime Asia from the seventh to the thirteenth centuries AD. The book lays emphasis on the mobile networks of human agents ('Masters'), textual sources ('Texts') and images ('Icons') through which Esoteric Buddhist traditions spread. Capitalising on recent research and making use of both disciplinary and area-focused perspectives, this book highlights the role played by Esoteric Buddhist maritime networks in shaping intra-Asian connectivity. In doing so, it reveals the limits of a historiography that is premised on land-based transmission of Buddhism from a South Asian 'homeland', and advances an alternative historical narrative that overturns the popular perception regarding Southeast Asia as a 'periphery' that passively received overseas influences.