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In its broadest form, religion is a part of every culture and is present in every society worldwide, whether practiced currently or as a part of history and tradition. The majority of the population worldwide adheres to a religion; many who do not identify with a particular religion hold spiritual beliefs. Intercultural competence in religious contexts includes appreciation and mutuality among different religious traditions, recognizes the diversity in religious traditions, and supports culturally appropriate work by religious communities in society. This entry defines terms, discusses intercultural competence as developmental, and provides examples of the application of intercultural competence in religious contexts.


Religion, the system of beliefs that deal with the supernatural, deeply influences public life worldwide. Belief is a powerful force in determining how individuals ...

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