A New Reli­gious Amer­ica — How a “Chris­t­ian Coun­try” Has Become the World’s Most Reli­giously Diverse Nation

A New Reli­gious Amer­ica — How a “Chris­t­ian Coun­try” Has Become the World’s Most Reli­giously Diverse Nation by Diana L. Eck - Under­stand­ing America’s reli­gious land­scape is the most impor­tant chal­lenge fac­ing us today…the change since the 1960’s has been dra­matic and Mus­lims now out­num­ber Epis­co­palians, Jews or Pres­by­te­ri­ans.…The Plu­ral­ism Project Eck directs at Har­vard Uni­ver­sity is inves­ti­gat­ing reli­gion in Amer­ica, what the changes mean and “the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing a cohe­sive soci­ety out of all this diver­sity.” 
In the United States, the cli­mate of tol­er­ance and the engage­ment of plu­ral­ism emerge not from an author­i­tar­ian cen­tral regime, but from a demo­c­ra­tic exper­i­ment as an immi­grant nation, a nation in which, at our best, we are moti­vated by ideals and prin­ci­ples” says Eck.
The con­se­quences for com­mu­nity life and pub­lic pol­icy are enor­mous. (this is the full text)

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