≪Organizer Abstract≫
While the scientific studies of religion and spirituality are gaining momentum around the globe, it is a field that has been dormant in Japan until recently. In 2012, we initiated in a large-scale research project involving over 7,000 participants yielding both qualitative and quantitative data. In this symposium, we report our findings regarding the psychological aspects of religion and spirituality relevant to contemporary Japan followed by a discussion within the context of world religion. In particular, we focus on (a) the short-and long-term impacts of two major disasters (i.e., the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and the Great East Japan Earthquake in 2011) on the current religious rituals and spiritual beliefs; (b) contemporary interpretations and understanding of spiritualism; and (c) views on organized religions by various religious groups and their denominations. An interchange among the presenters and audience will follow the presentation.
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