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Multiple Faiths

In the global era, it is not uncommon for individuals to draw on beliefs and practices from multiple faiths or even to identify with more than one faith. Among the many cultural changes likely contributing to the increasing number of individuals with ties to more than one faith are the prioritization of individual freedom and choice, greater tolerance toward marriages between people from different religious backgrounds, and increased contact with other religious traditions through globalizing forces such as the spread of technology and migration. In this entry, a definition of multiple religious ties is offered, examples from both Eastern and Western cultures are presented, related phenomena are explored, and the historical context is examined.


Given the continuous and rapid changes acting on contemporary society, an individual ...

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