By Thomas Banchoff
Spiritual pluralism is in all places in state-of-the-art politics. elevated immigration flows, the cave in of communism, and the globalization of communications applied sciences have all fostered a greater variety of spiritual ideals, practices, and firms inside and throughout democratic societies. this is often real in either the USA and Europe, the place turning out to be and various minority groups are remodeling the political panorama. consequently, controversies over things like headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a mostly secular Europe, whereas a Christian majority within the US faces prevalent questions about church-state relatives amidst exceptional spiritual variety. faraway from receding into the history, spiritual language pervades arguments round confirmed concerns akin to abortion and capital punishment, and new ones similar to stem phone examine and same-sex marriage. In Democracy and the hot spiritual Pluralism, prime students from a number of disciplines discover those dynamics and their implications for democratic idea and perform. What are the contours of this new non secular pluralism? What are its implications for the idea and perform of democracy? Does expanding spiritual pluralism erode the cultural and social foundations of democracy? To what quantity do various non secular groups include comparable -- or not less than suitable -- moral and political commitments? via looking solutions to those questions and revealing spiritual pluralism as either a resource of animosity and a effective strength for peaceable engagement, this booklet deals a revealing examine the way forward for faith in democratic societies.
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During these decades, the main erosion occurred among American Protestants at a time when patterns of adherence were changing within that community. Many studies report that congregations for newer evangelical churches have expanded their membership at the expense of mainline Protestant denominations such as the Methodists, Presbyterians, and Episcopalians, in part due to changes in the American population and also patterns of immigration from Latin America and Asia. Meanwhile, the proportion of Catholics in the population has remained fairly steady, in part due to a substantial inﬂux of Hispanic immigrants with large families.
McFarlane, H. Neil. Rush Hour of the Gods. New York: Macmillan, 1967. Stark, Rodney. One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. Wuthnow, Robert. America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. This page intentionally left blank 3 Uneven Secularization in the United States and Western Europe Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their aftermath in Afghanistan and Iraq, public interest in religious pluralism has grown tremendously on both sides of the Atlantic.
Neil. Rush Hour of the Gods. New York: Macmillan, 1967. Stark, Rodney. One True God: Historical Consequences of Monotheism. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2003. Wuthnow, Robert. America and the Challenges of Religious Diversity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2005. This page intentionally left blank 3 Uneven Secularization in the United States and Western Europe Pippa Norris and Ronald Inglehart After the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and their aftermath in Afghanistan and Iraq, public interest in religious pluralism has grown tremendously on both sides of the Atlantic.
Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism by Thomas Banchoff