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 USA 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 out figuring out a lot approximately these faiths? Are we prepared to do the exertions required to accomplish real non secular pluralism?
Award-winning writer Robert Wuthnow tackles those and different tricky questions surrounding spiritual range and does so along with his attribute rigor and elegance. America and the demanding situations of spiritual Diversity seems to be not just at how now we have tailored to range some time past, yet on the methods rank-and-file american citizens, clergy, and different group leaders are responding this day. Drawing from a brand new nationwide survey and hundreds and hundreds of in-depth qualitative interviews, this publication 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 americans do realize the best of numerous teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few american citizens have troubled to profit a lot approximately religions except their very own or to interact in optimistic interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to spiritual range are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance could recommend. particularly, he writes, non secular variety moves us on the very center of our own and nationwide theologies. purely via figuring out this crucial size of our tradition do we have the capacity to flow towards a extra reflective method of non secular pluralism.
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