By Robert Wuthnow
Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and adherents of alternative non-Western religions became an important presence within the usa in recent times. but many americans proceed to treat the U.S. as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the recent range? can we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians with no realizing a lot approximately these faiths? Are we keen to do the labor required to accomplish actual non secular pluralism?
Award-winning writer Robert Wuthnow tackles those and different tricky questions surrounding non secular range and does so together with his attribute rigor and magnificence. the USA and the demanding situations of non secular range seems not just at how we've got tailored to range some time past, yet on the methods rank-and-file americans, clergy, and different neighborhood leaders are responding this day. Drawing from a brand new nationwide survey and 1000's of in-depth qualitative interviews, this booklet is the 1st systematic attempt to evaluate how good the kingdom is assembly the present demanding situations of non secular and cultural diversity.
The effects, Wuthnow argues, are either encouraging and sobering--encouraging simply because so much american citizens do realize the perfect of numerous teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few american citizens have troubled to benefit a lot approximately religions except their very own or to have interaction in confident interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to non secular range are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance may recommend. quite, he writes, non secular variety moves us on the very center of our own and nationwide theologies. merely by means of realizing this crucial size of our tradition do we be capable of stream towards a extra reflective method of non secular pluralism.
Read Online or Download America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity PDF
Similar comparative religion books
This pioneering, interdisciplinary paintings exhibits how rituals let us reside in a perennially imperfect international. Drawing on numerous cultural settings, the authors make the most of psychoanalytic and anthropological views to explain how ritual--like play--creates ''as if'' worlds, rooted within the creative ability of the human brain to create a subjunctive universe.
There are saints in Orthodox Christian tradition who overturn the normal idea of sainthood. Their behavior should be unruly and salacious, they could blaspheme or even kill--yet, mysteriously, these round them deal with them with much more reverence. Such saints are referred to as "holy fools. " during this pioneering research Sergey A.
In a global stricken by spiritual clash, how can a few of the spiritual and secular traditions coexist peacefully on this planet? And, what position does sociology play in supporting us comprehend the kingdom of spiritual existence in a globalizing international? In the Fourth Edition ofGods within the worldwide Village, writer Lester Kurtz keeps to deal with those questions.
Secular and religious prophets of doom abound within the information-rich twenty-first century - as they've got for millennia. yet there has but to be all over the world floods, meteor effect, worldwide desktop failure, seen alien touch, or direct intervention from God to finish the area as we all know it. contemplating the frequency with which prophecy it seems that fails, why do prophecies remain made, and what social services do they serve?
- Lectures on the Philosophy of Religion, Vol. I: Introduction and The Concept of Religion (v. 1)
- Encyclopedia of Goddesses and Heroines [2 volumes]
- The Myth and Ritual School: J.G. Frazer and the Cambridge Ritualists (Theorists of Myth)
- Us and them : Muslim-Christian relations and cultural harmony in Australia
- Imagining the End: Visions of Apocalypse from the Ancient Middle East to Modern America
- The New Religious Image of Urban America, Second Edition: The Shopping Mall as Ceremonial Center (Mesoamerican Worlds)
Extra info for America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity
3 We took pride in this diversity. It seemed like a mark of distinction. We clearly do have a long history of religious diversity. This history has affected our laws, encouraging us to avoid governmental intrusion in religious affairs that might lead to an establishment of one tradition in favor of others. And it has taught us a kind of civic decorum that discourages blatant expressions of racist, ethnocentric, and nativist ideas. Yet it will not do, now in the face of new diversity, simply to rewrite our nation’s history as a story of diversity and pluralism.
2. Religious pluralism. 3. United States—Religion. I. Title. edu Printed in the United States of America 10 9 8 7 6 5 4 CONTENTS List of Tables Preface Introduction Confronting Diversity Chapter 1 A Special People in a Diverse World First Encounters Toward a New Nation From Missions to Comparative Religion The Tripartite Settlement Beyond Christian America? Chapter 2 The New Diversity American Hindus American Buddhists American Muslims Living among Christians Pluralism or Coexistence? Chapter 3 The Significance of Religious Diversity A Threat to Democracy?
They frequently work in middle-class occupations and live in the same neighborhoods as other Americans do. Their mosques, temples, and meditation centers are often located in close proximity to churches and synagogues. 2 Diversity is always challenging, whether it is manifest in language differences or in modes of dress, eating, and socializing. Seeing people with different habits and lifestyles makes it harder to practice our own unreflectively. When religion is involved, these challenges are multiplied.