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PLURALISM

This refers to the cross-cultural realization that there are many religions around the globe and even within particular countries. It is basically synonymous with religious diversity. Pluralism is a contributing factor in the rise of secularization because the wide variety of religions gives rise to a subjective feeling that one’s inherited religion cannot be a plausible explanation of reality, if one compares it to other religions. Recognition of pluralism tends to also promote tolerance.