New PDF release: America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity

Posted by

By Robert Wuthnow

ISBN-10: 0691134111

ISBN-13: 9780691134116

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 us as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the hot variety? can we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians with out 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 tough questions surrounding non secular variety and does so together with his attribute rigor and elegance. the US and the demanding situations of non secular range appears to be like not just at how we've tailored to variety long ago, yet on the methods rank-and-file american citizens, clergy, and different group leaders are responding this present day. Drawing from a brand new nationwide survey and 1000s of in-depth qualitative interviews, this e-book is the 1st systematic attempt to evaluate how good the state is assembly the present demanding situations of spiritual and cultural diversity.

The effects, Wuthnow argues, are either encouraging and sobering--encouraging simply because such a lot americans do realize the appropriate of numerous teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few american citizens have to benefit a lot approximately religions except their very own or to interact in confident interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to non secular variety are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance could recommend. really, he writes, spiritual range moves us on the very center of our own and nationwide theologies. basically by way of realizing this crucial measurement of our tradition do we be capable to stream towards a extra reflective method of non secular pluralism.

Show description

Read or Download America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity PDF

Best comparative religion books

New PDF release: The Hope of Liberation in World Religions

Liberation theology emphasizes the Christian project to carry justice to the bad and oppressed. As part of Christian theology, liberation theology has been most often linked to the Catholic Church in Latin the United States. This groundbreaking paintings seeks to spot how the theological strategies of liberation theology will be manifested inside different international religion traditions.

Download PDF by Harry Oldmeadow: Crossing Religious Frontiers: Studies in Comparative

How may still we view religions which are assorted from our personal? In an international the place misunderstandings and disagreements among cultures and faiths are typical, this attention-grabbing ebook, the 1st in a brand new sequence referred to as experiences in Comparative faith, is helping us positioned different faiths in context and addresses the matter of encountering conflicting spiritual types.

Get Hasidism Incarnate: Hasidism, Christianity, and the PDF

Hasidism Incarnate contends that a lot of recent Judaism within the West constructed in response to Christianity and in security of Judaism as a distinct culture. satirically adequate, this happened at the same time glossy Judaism more and more dovetailed with Christianity with reference to its ethos, aesthetics, and perspective towards ritual and religion.

The past, present, and future of theologies of by Terrence Merrigan, John Friday PDF

The prior, current and way forward for Theology of Interreligious discussion brings jointly numerous of the main greatly seemed experts who've contributed to theological mirrored image on spiritual variety and interreligious come upon. The chapters are united via the constant subject matter of the duty to have interaction with the demanding situations that emerge from the strain among the doctrinal tradition(s) of Christianity and the necessity to re-evaluate them in gentle of and according to the very fact of non secular otherness.

Extra info for America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity

Sample text

The fact that others did not have this special relationship had to be understood. These others have provided us variously with a mission to fulfill, foes to conquer, visions of evil to avoid or go to war with, intellectual puzzles to resolve, opportunities to exploit, and reassurance about our moral goodness and cultural progress. A detailed history of America’s encounters with religions other than Christianity is beyond the scope of the present chapter. However, tracing the highlights of these encounters will serve as background for considering the present period.

Thus the time appeared propitious for Columbus to set sail in an effort to further the Christian cause. 5 Columbus’s perception of the indigenous peoples he encountered in the New World occurred against the backdrop of these developments in the relationships, some real and some assumed, between Christianity, Islam, Judaism, and the leaders of India. He was optimistic that Christianity was on the ascendancy and that his own voyage was foretold in biblical prophecy. An amateur theologian himself, he was well prepared to perceive whatever he encountered in the New World through interpretations provided by Christianity.

And they certainly have not faded away. The growing presence of American Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and other new immigrant groups makes these questions more pressing than ever. The United States has a strong tradition respecting the rights of diverse religious communities. But American culture is also a product of its distinctive Christian heritage. This heritage exists in tension with the nation’s religious and cultural diversity. The tension between America’s Christian heritage and its religious and cultural diversity became evident in the days following the September 11, 2001, attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center.

Download PDF sample

America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity by Robert Wuthnow


by Joseph
4.1

Rated 4.07 of 5 – based on 15 votes