By Charles L. Cohen, Ronald L. Numbers
Spiritual pluralism has characterised the USA nearly from its seventeenth-century inception, however the earlier part century or so has witnessed wholesale alterations within the spiritual panorama, together with a proliferation of recent spiritualities, the emergence of common adherence to ''Asian'' traditions, and an evangelical Christian resurgence. those contemporary phenomena--important in themselves as indices of cultural change--are additionally either reasons and contributions to at least one of the main remarked-upon and doubtless anomalous features of the trendy usa: its common religiosity. in comparison to its position within the world's different top powers, faith within the usa is deeply woven into the material of civil and cultural lifestyles. whilst, faith has, from the 1600s on, by no means intended a unmarried denominational or confessional culture, and the diversity of yankee non secular event has simply develop into extra assorted during the last fifty years. Gods in the USA brings jointly top students from quite a few disciplines to give an explanation for the ancient roots of those phenomena and examine their effect on sleek American society.
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For Ahlstrom, “the Social Gospel was anything but new. ”14 Ahlstrom interpreted social gospel eﬀorts to secularize Christian ethics as an endeavor to expand idealism about democracy, and make democracy work. As he portrayed them, proponents of the social gospel envisioned a secular ethic derived from reformed Protestantism as a shared idealism that people from diﬀerent traditions could join. In their endeavors, investment in the supernatural and theological aspects of religion declined. ”15 Ahlstrom attributed the emerging emphasis on religious pluralism in his own day to an erosion of a shared sense of obligation to the common good; people looked to their particular religious traditions to compensate for the depletion of idealism about a common ground.
Pdf. 33 “Text of President’s Speech on Immigration,” New York Times, October 4, 1965, p. SU1; Roger Daniels, “The Immigration Act of 1965: Intended and Unintended Consequences,” in Historians on America: Decisions that Made a Diﬀerence, ed. S. Department of State, 2007), 76–83, available at www. html. See also Roger Daniels, Guarding the Golden Door: American Immigration Policy and Immigrants Since 1882 (New York: Hill and Wang, 2004). Introduction | 15 34 Daniels, “The Immigration Act of 1965”; David M.
In these important respects, religious pluralism fosters the liberal education, scholarly inquiry, and open exchange valued in academic life. Compared to exclusionary approaches to religion that hold up one faith tradition as true or superior and consider others false or inferior, religious pluralism marks an important advance in endeavors to understand peoples and cultures on their own terms. At the same time, though, religious pluralism operates to some extent like a religion itself, a conceptual framework of interpretation that rests in a universal and ﬁnally mystical understanding of religion and its essential importance for human existence.