By Robert Wuthnow

ISBN-10: 0691119767

ISBN-13: 9780691119762

ISBN-10: 0691134111

ISBN-13: 9780691134116

Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and adherents of different non-Western religions became an important presence within the usa lately. but many americans proceed to treat the USA 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 actual non secular pluralism?

Award-winning writer Robert Wuthnow tackles those and different tough questions surrounding spiritual variety and does so together 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 group leaders are responding this present day. Drawing from a brand new nationwide survey and hundreds of thousands 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 non secular and cultural diversity.

The effects, Wuthnow argues, are either encouraging and sobering--encouraging simply because so much americans do realize the fitting of numerous teams to worship freely, yet sobering simply because few american citizens have stricken to profit a lot approximately religions except their very own or to have interaction in positive interreligious discussion. Wuthnow contends that responses to spiritual range are essentially deeper than well mannered discussions approximately civil liberties and tolerance could recommend. relatively, he writes, non secular range moves us on the very center of our own and nationwide theologies. basically via knowing this crucial measurement of our tradition can we have the ability to flow towards a extra reflective method of non secular pluralism.

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