Original Research

Public religious embodiment: A contemporary discussion

Abdul Mufid, Juju Saepudin, Marpuah Marpuah, Imam Tabroni, Mohammad F. Maulana
Verbum et Ecclesia | Vol 43, No 1 | a2448 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/ve.v43i1.2448 | © 2022 Abdul Mufid, Juju Saepudin, Marpuah Marpuah, Imam Tabroni, Mohammad F. Maulana | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 02 December 2021 | Published: 25 May 2022

About the author(s)

Abdul Mufid, Department of Hadith Studies, Faculty of Ushuluddin, Sekolah Tinggi Agama Islam Khozinatul Ulum Blora, Central Java, Indonesia
Juju Saepudin, National Research and Innovation Agency, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Marpuah Marpuah, National Research and Innovation Agency, Jakarta Pusat, Indonesia
Imam Tabroni, Department of Islamic Education, STAI Dr. KH. EZ. Muttaqien, Purwakarta, Indonesia
Mohammad F. Maulana, Department of Islamic Education, Faculty of Islamic Religion, Universitas Islam Sumatera Utara, Medan, Indonesia


Spiritualism is an inseparable part of human existence. The reduction of this dimension (spiritualism) will negatively affect human existence. This causes the emergence of new phenomenon, or even culture, in the life of modern society. The phenomenon is the increase of their interest in spiritualism. Even though spiritualism in this context is not always identical with religion, this phenomenon cannot be separated from capitalism. This article explores how the intersection of religion, religiosity and public segment is more likely to manifest in our everyday life. Humans are considered indisputably religious from ancestry; therefore, they are regarded as homo-religious. As technology and society progress, some scholars argue that in no time distant religion is going to give way to secularisation. However, it remains a vital and prominent role for humans despite the rate of secularisation in European and other Western societies. This sociological research utilises the transversal and residential theory to define religion as a phenomenon that crosses every aspect of life while maintaining a prominent public position. The result showed that humans are religious, and therefore religion is bound to exist in accordance with their existence. The study concludes that religion provides ultimate answers to questions that have not been answered by science and philosophy. Therefore, as long as humans exist, their place in society cannot be abolished.

Intradisciplinary and/or interdisciplinary implications: This research contributes to providing education to the community that religion, social and culture have an integrated and interconnected relationship.


spiritualism; secularism; embodiment; public sphere; religion


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