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Publication Date: 2009
Why Understanding America's Religious Landscape Is the Most Important Challenge Facing Us Today
- The 1990s saw the U.S. Navy commission its first Muslim chaplain and open its first mosque.
- There are presently more than three hundred temples in Los Angeles, home to the greatest variety of Buddhists in the world.
- There are more American Muslims than there are American Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians.
Diana L. Eck is Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies at Harvard University and is Master of Lowell House and Director of The Pluralism Project. As a Christian, she has also been involved in the United Methodist Church, the World Council of Churches, and the life of Harvard Divinity School. Her book Encountering God: A Spiritual Journey from Bozeman to Banaras won the prestigious Grawemeyer Book Award. In 1998, President Clinton awarded her the National Humanities Medal for the work of The Pluralism Project in the investigation of America's religious diversity.
“Vivid writing…Diana Eck shows the way toward this nation’s future.”
“This is more than a stuffy study. It’s an ambitious survey that celebrates the country’s growing religious diversity.”
“A New Religious America challenges all Americans to embrace the astonishing religious diversity that now animates the nation.”
“This picture of religious pluralism is...highly recommended.”
“A thought-provoking analysis of trends that will shape the United States for years to come.”
“This excellent overview of America’s exploding religious diversity doubles as an impassioned call to action.”
“A stunning tour de force that may forever change the way Americans claim to be ’one nation, under God.’”
“There cannot be a wiser or more authoritative guide...rich, exciting, and illuminating.”
“A highly readable book...Diana Eck is an immensely well informed guide.”
“Diana Eck is the country’s best guide to America’s new pluralism.”
“A thoroughly researched and lovingly written ethnography that tells us just what the subtitle promises.”
“This is a book I recommend to everyone I see.