I argued in Chapter 2 that human beings have plural identities and that these need to be balanced. Not all identities are equal in their scope, depth and importance: some cover large and important areas of human life and shape the way others are defined and regulated. The religious identity is one of them. For believers, their religion is the source of their world view and values, the ground of their being, their ultimate frame of reference, and governs all areas of their lives. Other identities, such as the national and the cultural can also acquire this degree of importance, but they do not generally have the same range and depth or deal with matters of equal concern.
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