A New Religious America Research Paper

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Rel 275 paper

Pg 376 “America’s college campuses have also become primary sites fro new dynamic forms of religious life.”

Our Society is one that feeds off of diversity, we depend on certain aspects inorder for their to be progress, as well, “our religious traditions and communities of faith are also interdependent.”(380) …
… “America’s religious diversity is here to stay, and the most interesting and important phase of our nation’s history lies ahead.

In Diane Eck’s Book, A New Religious America, she begins by acknowledging a new idea of America. She goes on to explain that traditionally in the United States, Americans have thought of religion in the United States as Christians, with politically correct superficial consideration for Jews. A new era dawned with the falling of the twin towers on September 11, 2001. Americans were forced to open their eyes to new cultures and a very different landscape that seemed to have crept up on them. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 allowed all people of the world to enter the borders of the United State of America, and with the immigrants they brought their religious traditions and customs. The presence of the new cultures is very hard to ignore because of their growing numbers.

While some still characterize the United States as a Christian nation, this book helps us see the diversity that has been quietly growing over the last forty years: the increasing presence of Moslems, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, and Jews; not to mention Spiritualists, New Agers, neo-Pagans, atheists, and the unaffiliated. Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and Director of The Pluralism Project, has gathered information from years of study and world travel, and