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.52 Mormon scriptures assert that a€œrulers, states, and governments have a right, and are bound to enact laws for the protection of all citizens in the free exercise of their religious belief.a€53 In one of its Sunday school manuals, the LDS Churchanbsp;...

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


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