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 us as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the recent variety? will we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians with no knowing a lot approximately these faiths? Are we keen to do the exertions required to accomplish real non secular pluralism?
Award-winning writer Robert Wuthnow tackles those and different tough questions surrounding non secular range and does so together with his attribute rigor and elegance. America and the demanding situations of spiritual Diversity seems not just at how we've tailored to range long ago, yet on the methods rank-and-file american citizens, clergy, and different neighborhood leaders are responding at the present time. Drawing from a brand new nationwide survey and 1000's of in-depth qualitative interviews, this ebook is the 1st systematic attempt to evaluate how good the state is assembly the present demanding situations of non secular and cultural diversity.
The effects, Wuthnow argues, are either encouraging and sobering--encouraging simply because such a lot americans do realize the perfect of various teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few americans have stricken to benefit a lot approximately religions except their very own or to have interaction in optimistic interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to spiritual variety are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance could recommend. really, he writes, spiritual variety moves us on the very middle of our own and nationwide theologies. purely by means of realizing this crucial measurement of our tradition do we manage to circulate towards a extra reflective method of spiritual pluralism.
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America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity by Robert Wuthnow