chapter  5
Diversity of Religions and Freedom of Religion and Belief
ByGary D. Bouma
Pages 7

Globalisation, which I take to be the worldwide movement of people, money and culture, is transforming local communities. While a few cities were cosmopolitan before, now the majority of cities are ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse as people move in pursuit of economic betterment, or to flee oppression and threats to life and limb, or merely to join other family members. This migration may be internal to the nation, usually in the form of rural to urban shifts, or between nations. One consequence is seen in increased religious diversity both between religious groups as their numbers increase and within religious groups as the arrival or

emergence of those with different interpretations of the religion argue with those who share their religion but not their interpretation and application of it.