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Jakarta Post

From religion to religiosity

  • Silvester Asa


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 26, 2020   /  02:54 pm
From religion to religiosity Surely, the Christian “religion” continues to survive even up until this moment. Unfortunately, it lost that enchantment it once wielded in the second and third centuries. (Shutterstock/File)

Very recently, the newly appointed head of the Agency for Pancasila Ideology Education (BPIB), Yudian Wahyudi ,drew the ire of some elements of the Indonesian public for saying in an interview that religion was the enemy of the state ideology, Pancasila. “Religion” can indeed be “death-dealing” and used to perpetuate certain corrupt practices. In fact, Wilfred C. Smith reckoned that the current understanding of “religion” is insufficient, since it has failed to encapsulate “immensely diverse, fluid and subtle data of religious life”. Therefore, in The Meaning and End of Religion, Smith argues for a whole new “concept of apparatus or theoretical framework” of looking at “religion”, which is “more rewardingly and more truly based on the historical cumulative tradition and the personal faith of men...

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