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Title: Civil religion and shared values in Singapore
Author: Ch'ng Teck-Huat, Ronald
ISNI:       0000 0004 2710 7449
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 1995
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The thesis looks at Singapore and asks in that nation's continuing process of nation-building which includes attempts to hold on to consistent economic growth, whether through the proposal to formulate a national ideology with a delineation of "shared values", a civil religion was also in the process of being constructed. There is a short summary of Singapore's history, with emphasis given to how the nation has developed and grown because of its awareness as a economic centre or "commercial emporium" in its geographical locality. Account is also given of the role of the ruling party, and government - the Peoples' Action Party - in terms of its policies in guiding the young nation to economic success. An examination of the ideology of the ruling party is then undertaken. This leads on to an account of the Singapore government's efforts to implement a National Ideology through a list of Shared Values and the reasons why this is thought necessary for the sake of the nation. The category or concept of civil religion is then introduced, with specific examples from the American situation. There is further discussion of the Shared Values to show clearly the ideological impulses and Confucianist influences behind them, and after due reference to what "Asian values" might mean, and how Confucian values may have influence on the economic success of East Asian countries, it is reaffirmed that the Singapore government was promoting what can be called a civil religion in the form of the National Ideology (which incorporated such Confucian values) to enhance and continue the economic growth that makes up so much of the perceived destiny of the nation. The concluding sections deal with the role (or lack of it) of Christians and the Church in the ongoing political, economic and social life of the nation. Does it matter if a Singaporean civil religion or a National Ideology may be in conflict with a Christian ideology? Does the Singapore Church care
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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