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 american citizens proceed to treat the us as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the hot range? can we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians with no figuring out 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 tricky questions surrounding non secular variety and does so together with his attribute rigor and magnificence. America and the demanding situations of spiritual Diversity appears 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 countless numbers of in-depth qualitative interviews, this booklet is the 1st systematic attempt to evaluate how good the country 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 correct of various 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 positive interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to spiritual variety are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance may recommend. fairly, he writes, non secular range moves us on the very center of our own and nationwide theologies. in simple terms via figuring out this significant measurement of our tradition can we have the capacity to flow towards a extra reflective method of spiritual pluralism.
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