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Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise [Hardcover]

Item : Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise [Hardcover]
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Author Author : Patel, Eboo
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0691182728
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780691182728
Publisher Publisher : Princeton University Press
Pages Pages : 240
Binding Binding : Hardcover
Item ID : 101360226

A timely defense of religious diversity and its centrality to American identity

America is the most religiously devout country in the Western world and the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In todays volatile climate of religious conflict, prejudice, and distrust, how do we affirm the principle that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different faiths and beliefs? Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama and named one of Americas best leaders byU.S. News & World Report, provides answers to this timely and consequential question.

In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, Patel draws on his personal experience as a Muslim in America to examine broader questions about the importance of religious diversity in the cultural, political, and economic life of the nation. He explores how religious language has given the United States some of its most enduring symbols and inspired many of its most vital civic institutionsand demonstrates how the genius of the American experiment lies in its empowerment of people of all creeds, ethnicities, and convictions.

Will Americas identity as a Judeo-Christian nation shift as citizens of different backgrounds grow in numbers and influence? In what ways will minority religious communities themselves change as they take root in American soil? In addressing these and other questions, Patel shows how Americas promise is the guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all, and how that promise is the foundation of Americas unrivaled strength as a nation. The book also includes incisive commentaries by John Inazu, Robert Jones, and Laurie Patton on American civil religion, faith and law, and the increasing number of nonreligious Americans.

Eboo Patelis founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization that promotes interfaith leadership on college campuses. He is the author ofInterfaith Leadershiló˘

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