Religious Pluralism and Civil Society

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Overview

Organized into three major topics, the articles in this volume delve into this urgent topic of our day and offer valuable insights in the following areas:

I. Broad Perspectives – Providing a solid foundation, this opening section lays the groundwork for clarifying this complex issue.

II. Region and Religion – The papers in this section point to the importance of regional history and culture in shaping differing styles of pluralism within America.

III. Minority & Immigrant Experiences – Focusing on contemporary immigrant and minority groups in the United States, these articles reflect on the experiences of Muslims, Orthodox Jews, and Latino religions as well as the role of interfaith leaders in the 2005/2006 immigration reform debate.

IV. Institutional Patterns – Examining creative ways that pluralism is flourishing within the United States, these articles provide a framework for future interfaith dialog.

Social scientists, religious scholars, policy makers, and the informed public will find this volume of The ANNALS to be a valuable resource that distills this complex and sometimes cloudy issue of religious pluralism.

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Meet the Author

Wade Clark Roof holds a Ph D in the sociology and psychology of religion from the University of North Carolina. He is Professor and Chair of the Department of Religion at UCSB. His main areas of research interest are sociology of religion and American religious trends, and he has published widely in both fields, most recently serving as editor in chief for Macmillan Reference’s Contemporary American Religion (2000). He also teaches a range of both undergraduate and graduate courses on religion and society.

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Wade Clark Roof
PART I. BROAD PERSPECTIVES
Pluralisms - Martin E. Marty
The Constitutional Basis of Religious Pluralism in the United States - Ted G. Jelen
The Languages of the Public Square: Religious Pluralism, Institutional Logics, and Civil Society - Rhys H. Williams
PART II. REGION AND RELIGION
Defining Religious Pluralism in America: A Regional Analysis - Mark Silk
Pluralism as a Culture: Religion in Southern California - Wade Clark Roof
PART III. MINORITY AND IMMIGRANT EXPERIENCES
The Role of Religion in the Process of Segmented Assimilation - R. Stephen Warner
Muslims in the United States: Pluralism under Exceptional Circumstances - Kathleen M. Moore
Active versus Passive Pluralism: A Changing Style of Civil Religion - Richard D. Hecht
“Today We Act, Tomorrow We Vote”: Latino Religions, Politics, and Activism - Gastón Espinosa
“All Need Toleration”: Some Observations about the Recent Experiences of Religious Minorities in the United States and in Western Europe - Gustav Niebuhr
PART IV. INSTITUTIONAL PATTERNS
Pluralist Family Values: Domestic Strategies for Living with Religious Difference - Kate Mc Carthy
New Opportunities and New Values: The Emergence of the Multicultural Church - Kathleen Garces-Foley
Emerging Patterns of Inter-religious Conversation: A Christian-Jewish Experiment - J. Shawn Landres & Ryan K. Bolger
Review Essay - Wade Clark Roof

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