The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America's many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America's religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy's basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw's framework for understanding religious participation in public life--a two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including "newer" and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.
Barbara A. McGraw (Ph.D. University of Southern California) is Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Saint Mary's College of California. Jo Renee Formicola (Ph.D. Drew University) is Professor of Political Science at Seton Hall University. Jo Renee Formicola, Ph.D. is Professor of Political Science at Seton Hall University.
Foreword Diana L. EckPreface Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola1 Introduction to America's Sacred Ground Barbara A. McGraw2 American Jews and the Public Role of Religion Kenneth D. Wald3 Confucianism on America's Sacred Ground Thomas Selover4 Catholicism and Pluralism: A Continuing Dilemma for the Twenty-first Century Jo Renee Formicola 5 Greening of America's Sacred Ground: Eco-Spirituality and Environmental Politics Stephen Woolpert6 The Mormon Religion, Cultural Challenges, and the Good Society John Pottenger7 American Muslims and the Rediscovery of America's Sacred Ground M.A. Muqtedar Khan8 The Black Church and the Politics of Liberation James L. Taylor9 The Hindu Tree on America's Sacred Ground Anatanand Rambachan10 Staking Out America's Sacred Ground: The Baptist Tradition of Religious Liberty Derek H. Davis11 Buddhist Contributions to the Civic and Conscientious Public Forums Rita M. Gross12 Unsecular Humanism: The Supreme Court and American Public Culture David W. Machacek and Phillip E. HammondEpilogue: Issues for Further Study and Conversation Barbara A. McGrawNotesBibliographyAbout the AuthorsList of ContributorsIndexes