America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity

Forsideomslag
Princeton University Press, 22. jul. 2007 - 391 sider

Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists, and adherents of other non-Western religions have become a significant presence in the United States in recent years. Yet many Americans continue to regard the United States as a Christian society. How are we adapting to the new diversity? Do we casually announce that we "respect" the faiths of non-Christians without understanding much about those faiths? Are we willing to do the hard work required to achieve genuine religious pluralism?


Award-winning author Robert Wuthnow tackles these and other difficult questions surrounding religious diversity and does so with his characteristic rigor and style. America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity looks not only at how we have adapted to diversity in the past, but at the ways rank-and-file Americans, clergy, and other community leaders are responding today. Drawing from a new national survey and hundreds of in-depth qualitative interviews, this book is the first systematic effort to assess how well the nation is meeting the current challenges of religious and cultural diversity.


The results, Wuthnow argues, are both encouraging and sobering--encouraging because most Americans do recognize the right of diverse groups to worship freely, but sobering because few Americans have bothered to learn much about religions other than their own or to engage in constructive interreligious dialogue. Wuthnow contends that responses to religious diversity are fundamentally deeper than polite discussions about civil liberties and tolerance would suggest. Rather, he writes, religious diversity strikes us at the very core of our personal and national theologies. Only by understanding this important dimension of our culture will we be able to move toward a more reflective approach to religious pluralism.

 

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Indhold

Introduction Confronting Diversity
10
The New Diversity
37
The Significance of Religious Diversity
75
Shopping
106
Accepting Diversity
130
Resisting Diversity
159
The Publics Beliefs and Practices
188
E
189
Perceptions of Religious Minority Groups
216
Views toward Stronger Presence of Religious and Ethnic Groups
217
Acceptance of Minority Religious Groups
219
Evangelistic Activities
222
Views about Interreligious Programs
224
Participation in Interreligious Programs
226
How Congregations Manage Diversity
230
Negotiating Religiously Mixed Marriages
259

Beliefs about Sources of Religious Truth
191
Beliefs about Christianity and Christian Teachings
197
Views about America
200
Influences on Thinking about Religion or Spirituality
202
Familiarity with Teachings of Selected Religious Groups
206
Religious Cultural and Demographic Characteristics
210
Contact with Religious and Ethnic Minority Groups
213
How Pluralistic Should We Be?
286
The Case for Cooperation
292
What Else Needs to Be Done
305
Selected Bibliography
351
Index
371
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Om forfatteren (2007)

Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhard R. Andlinger '52 Professor of Sociology and Director of the Center for the Study of Religion at Princeton University. His previous books include After the Baby Boomers, Saving America? Faith-Based Services and the Future of Civil Society (both Princeton); Creative Spirituality: The Way of the Artist; and Loose Connections: Joining Together in America's Fragmented Communities.

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