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From Salvation to Spirituality
Popular Religious Movements in Japan
by Susumu Shimazono

This book deals with the development of popular religious and spiritual movements in Japan in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. At present it is estimated that more than ten percent of Japanís total population are members of so-called New Religions. While Buddhist and Shinto influences remain pronounced, there are many other features common to modern Japanís popular religious thinking. Through the careful study of these features, classical concepts and theories of the sociology of religion are reexamined and alternatives proposed, and religion in modernity is reconsidered in the context of Japanís cultural heritage.

Published by TransPacific Press
Publ. 2005, 220 pp.
ISBN 1 876843 12 8, hardback, £48.00
ISBN 1 876843 13 6, paperback, £19.99