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Religious Communication

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Religious communication may be either (a) communication acts informed by religious believers’ understanding of their faith (e.g., believers discussing their faith among themselves, explaining their faith to others) or (b) communication acts about religious belief when the communicator does not share those beliefs (e.g., a Hindu discussing Judaism, an atheist arguing against all religious belief). Researchers study both types of communication events, though the history of the field through the early 21st century has focused more generally on the first, and this seems to be what most researchers think of when they consider religious communication. All communication studies examine some aspect of how thought, language, and social conditions interact. In religious communication, these interactions are explored under some of their most extreme conditions, ...

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