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'America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity'
Jump to navigation. In Living Buddha, Living Christ, Vietnamese Zen Master, peace activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh describes an exchange that occurred at a conference of theologians and religion professors.
We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions. He is simply suggesting that we all have much to learn from different religious traditions. My students enter the classroom with a range of assumptions. An alternative assumption suggests that, superficial differences aside, all religions are essentially the same.
Most Buddhists, for example, do not believe in a supreme divine being, and few if any Muslims would recognize the divinity of Christ. By downplaying such differences, my students deprive themselves of the opportunity to learn from the insights of another tradition. Inclusivists see their own tradition as the culmination of other religions, which they deem incomplete by comparison.
These three assumptions are common among students who are themselves religious. These students arrive with different suppositions, such as the belief that those from dominant traditions, especially Christianity, want to impose their beliefs on others. It also reflects U. The four preceding assumptions aside, students often approach religious studies with a sense of general apprehension. Yet this distinction is the basic premise for the academic study of religion.
Studying diverse religions is a wonderful way for students to discover that one need not subscribe to a spiritual worldview in order to appreciate its meaning in the lives of those who hold it dearly.
Just as students enter the classroom with a range of assumptions, I find a range of approaches useful in countering their resistance toward religious studies. Many of these are particularly effective in addressing specific types of resistance, but all can be useful in any context. I also encourage students to attend the services of religious communities that are unfamiliar to them. Because my students are predominantly Christian, I arrange visits to the local mosque or synagogue to give them an embodied experience of another tradition.
Whether at home or abroad, visits to religious services require careful planning so that the experience is positive both for students and for the community being observed. Just as there are various ways to be Christian—from the Baptist fundamentalist to the liberal Catholic to the evangelical environmentalist to the African Pentecostal to the monastic contemplative to name just a few —so there are various ways to be Hindu, Muslim, Buddhist, Jewish, or Native American.
Even a relatively homogenous classroom contains enough intellectual diversity to generate heated debate. Finally, historical reviews can help students better understand the role religion plays in the world. When studying Christianity, students often benefit from readings by postcolonial, liberation, and feminist authors, whose ideas challenge the superiority complex that has historically plagued Christianity. Although I have referred specifically to Christianity here, this historical approach can apply to other religions as well.
I see my classroom as a forum for this kind of dialogue, providing a space for students to consider a variety of spiritual insights that might help them address the most pressing issues of the twenty-first century. Despite its considerable challenges, this work is rewarding. Many of my students nodded as I offered this explanation, presumably recognizing this propensity in themselves.
Helping my students appreciate Muslim tradition was particularly gratifying given the stereotypes about Islam that flourish in the United States today.
It also underscored for me how studying diverse religions can be a way for my students to enrich their own spiritual self-understanding. Returning to the fruit salad metaphor, I would observe that few of us live in a world that consists entirely of apples or oranges.
Whether religious diversity becomes a blessing or a burden will depend a great deal on the perspective we cultivate. Educational practices that help our students approach difference with curiosity, understanding, respect, and appreciation are crucial for their responsible participation in a diverse but deeply interconnected world.
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Recommendations for the Biden Administration on Engaging With Religious Communities
The internationally televised service was for Mother Teresa of Calcutta, the colorful "Saint of the Gutters" who for years ranked among America's "most admired women" and had been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in The funeral followed by only a week that of Britain's Princess Diana, whose tragic death in a speeding automobile pursued by paparazzi in the Pont de l'Alma tunnel in Paris evoked an extraordinary international outpouring of grief. Both of these events conveyed messages about religious diversity. The 15, mourners who packed Netaji stadium for Mother Teresa's funeral included representatives of the world's major faiths: Hindus, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Catholics, and other Christians. The assembled dignitaries eulogized Mother Teresa's life of compassion, calling it an ideal to which the followers of all religions could aspire.
The Biden administration will face many challenges, including the urgent and overlapping crises of the coronavirus pandemic, systemic racism, a devastated economy, and climate change. The Biden administration should seriously explore the opportunity to work with faith communities to advance human dignity and the common good. This issue brief outlines recommendations for robust engagement between religious communities and organizations and the administration to best lead this effort and champion specific policies to advance true religious liberty. The role of religious community outreach covers numerous issues, constituencies, and strategies. The administration must also recognize the need for deep authenticity in its outreach while engaging with politically diverse communities on areas of common ground.
America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity
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?
After the Scopes trial in , conservative evangelicals and fundamentalists sequestered themselves from political engagement. But the social and cultural upheavals of the s, coupled with the Supreme Court decision in Roe v. Wade , persuaded key leaders it was time to step into the political arena. In the mids, Jerry Falwell formed the Moral Majority.
Jump to navigation. In Living Buddha, Living Christ, Vietnamese Zen Master, peace activist, and poet Thich Nhat Hanh describes an exchange that occurred at a conference of theologians and religion professors. We human beings can be nourished by the best values of many traditions. He is simply suggesting that we all have much to learn from different religious traditions. My students enter the classroom with a range of assumptions. An alternative assumption suggests that, superficial differences aside, all religions are essentially the same. Most Buddhists, for example, do not believe in a supreme divine being, and few if any Muslims would recognize the divinity of Christ.
Religious diversity is the fact that there are significant differences in religious belief and practice. It has always been recognized by people outside the smallest and most isolated communities. But since early modern times, increasing information from travel, publishing, and emigration have forced thoughtful people to reflect more deeply on religious diversity. Roughly, pluralistic approaches to religious diversity say that, within bounds, one religion is as good as any other.
While we are building a new and improved webshop, please click below to purchase this content via our partner CCC and their Rightfind service. You will need to register with a RightFind account to finalise the purchase. 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?
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About Follow Donate. Demographic Study. By Joseph Liu. As part of the next phase of this project, Pew Research has produced an index that ranks each country by its level of religious diversity. Comparing religious diversity across countries presents many challenges, starting with the definition of diversity.
Religious pluralism is an attitude or policy regarding the diversity of religious belief systems co-existing in society. It can indicate one or more of the following:. Religious pluralism, to paraphrase the title of a recent academic work, goes beyond mere toleration. Chris Beneke, in Beyond Toleration: The Religious Origins of American Pluralism , explains the difference between religious tolerance and religious pluralism by pointing to the situation in the late 18th century United States. By the s, in most colonies religious minorities had obtained what contemporaries called religious toleration :  "The policy of toleration relieved religious minorities of some physical punishments and some financial burdens, but it did not make them free from the indignities of prejudice and exclusion.
Дэвид Беккер исчез. Тремя пролетами ниже Дэвид Беккер висел на вытянутых руках над Апельсиновым садом с наружной стороны Гиральды, словно упражняясь в подтягивании на оконном выступе. Когда Халохот поднимался по лестнице, Беккер, спустившись на три пролета, вылез через один из проемов и повис на руках. Сделал он это как раз вовремя - убийца промчался мимо в ту же секунду. Он так торопился, что не заметил побелевших костяшек пальцев, вцепившихся в оконный выступ. Свисая из окна, Беккер благодарил Бога за ежедневные занятия теннисом и двадцатиминутные упражнения на аппарате Наутилус, подготовившие его мускулатуру к запредельным нагрузкам. Увы, теперь, несмотря на силу рук, он не мог подтянуться, чтобы влезть обратно.
Он двигался методично, обходя один ряд за другим. Наверху лениво раскачивалась курильница, описывая широкую дугу. Прекрасное место для смерти, - подумал Халохот.
Ежедневно тысячи сообщений и разговоров перехватывались и посылались экспертам АНБ для дешифровки. Разведданные, поставляемые агентством, влияли на процесс принятия решений ФБР, ЦРУ, а также внешнеполитическими советниками правительства США. Беккер был потрясен.
У нее кружилась голова. - Энсей Танкадо и есть Северная Дакота. Это было непостижимо.
Еще пять миль. - Куда мы едем. Парень расплылся в широкой улыбке. - А то ты не знаешь.
Не понимаю. Кто будет охранять охранников. - Вот. Если мы - охранники общества, то кто будет следить за нами, чтобы мы не стали угрозой обществу. Сьюзан покачала головой, не зная, что на это возразить.
Да и краска вонючая. Беккер посмотрел внимательнее.