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Nanzan University Professor Lectures on Religion and Society

Professor Manabu Watanabe of Nanzan University speaks at Soka Gakkai Chubu Peace Center in Nagoya

On May 15, 2008, Soka Gakkai youth in the Chubu Region sponsored a lecture by Manabu Watanabe, professor of Humanities at Nanzan University and research fellow at the Nanzan Institute for Religion and Culture in Nagoya, Aichi. Speaking at the Soka Gakkai Chubu Peace Center in Nagoya, on the theme of religious and spiritual consciousness in the modern world, Professor Watanabe discussed religion in contemporary international society from the perspectives of tolerance and fundamentalism and of secularization and the re-emergence of religions, emphasizing the importance of interfaith dialogue for promoting mutual understanding. He also noted that people's religious consciousness in Japanese society is changing along with the increase in urbanization and low birthrates.

[Adapted from an article in the May 16, 2008 issue of the Seikyo Shimbun, Soka Gakkai, Japan]