A Nation of Religions
The Politics of Pluralism in Multireligious America
Everybody who's taken high school American history knows that the United States is a nation of immigrants, but it is also a nation of religions in which Muslims and Methodists, Buddhists and Baptists live and work side by side. This book (which I edited) explores how four religious communities in this nation of religions (Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, and Sikhs) are shaping and being shaped by American values. Instead of taking U.S. religious diversity as a proposition to be proved, this volume's contributors take it as a starting point. The United States is, as Supreme Court Justice Tom Clark once put it, "a nation of Buddhists, Confucianists, and Taoists, as well as Christians." But how is this diversity affecting U.S. public life? Contributors explore how how religious diversity is changing the public values, rites, and institutions of the nation and how those values, rites, and institutions are affecting religions that are centuries old yet relatively new to America. Contributors include James Davison Hunter, Gurinder Singh Mann, Vasudha Narayanan, and Robert Thurman.
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