America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity by Robert Wuthnow

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 recent range? will we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians with out realizing a lot approximately these faiths? Are we prepared to do the labor required to accomplish actual spiritual pluralism?

Award-winning writer Robert Wuthnow tackles those and different tough questions surrounding non secular range and does so along with his attribute rigor and magnificence. America and the demanding situations of non secular Diversity appears to be like not just at how we now have tailored to variety 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 hundreds of thousands of in-depth qualitative interviews, this booklet 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 american citizens do realize definitely the right of numerous teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few americans have troubled to profit 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. relatively, he writes, spiritual variety moves us on the very middle of our own and nationwide theologies. merely by way of realizing this crucial size of our tradition do we be capable to movement towards a extra reflective method of spiritual pluralism.

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