Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously

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The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America's many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America's religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy's basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw's framework for understanding religious participation in public lifea€”a two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including a€œnewera€ and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.This created a dilemma for the church leadership because Kennedy, like his predecessor Al Smith, had to deal with the issue of religious pluralism when he ran for office. Questions about his loyalty to the Catholic Church versus hisanbsp;...

Title:Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously
Author:Barbara A. McGraw, Jo Renee Formicola
Publisher:Baylor University Press - 2005


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