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.