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date: 05 December 2019

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Chapter 35 discusses the role of religion in public life, a topic that has become a subject of debate among sociologists of religion, theologians, and political scientists. Many areas of life once thought to belong to the private realm have now become issues of public concern. Religion has become an important aspect of life in most parts of the world that one could hardly consider it a private affair. This chapter examines the unique characteristics and problems posed by Christianity’s relationship with public life in the Asian continent. The construction of Christian identity in the different regions of Asia plays a major role in how this identity relates to public life. Asian Christians, in many cases, create a separate Christian identity while staying rooted in their culture and tradition.

Keywords: role of religion, public life, sociologists of religion, theologians, political scientists, private realm, public concern

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