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  Religious Pluralism
Philosophically, religious pluralism is the theory that the great world religions constitute varying conceptions of, and responses to, the one ultimate, mysterious divine reality.
Inclusivist theologies and religious philosophies state that one particular tradition presents the final truth while other traditions, instead of being regarded as wrong, are seen to reflect aspects of, or to constitute approaches to, that final truth.
Explicit pluralism accepts the more radical position implied by inclusivism: the view that the great world faiths embody different perceptions and conceptions of, and correspondingly different responses to, the Real of the Ultimate, and that within each salvation is occuring.
bahai-library.com /?file=fazel_encyclopedia_religious_pluralism   (1945 words)

Religious plurality is no longer a theory or a distant phenomenon; in fact, it is virtually impossible to live in a major Western city without coming into contact withsome aspect of a non-Western religion.
Pluralism is distinguished from both monism, the view that one kind of thing exists, and dualism, the view that two kinds of things exist.
Religious pluralism is the view that all religions, certainly all major religions, offer equally valid paths to God, or to ultimate reality.
churches.net /churches/utmiss/Religionsectlists/PLURALISM.htm   (13208 words)

 A Hindu Call for Religious Pluralism
Pluralism in any field does not mean that all alternatives are the same but that we do have different choices, which may not all be good or equal.
Pluralism in religions does not require that we reduce all religions to a common mold in which their distinctions disappear into an amorphous unity.
Pluralism in religions does not mean that we have to believe in or accept all religions as true, regardless of what they teach.
www.dharmacentral.com /articles/plural.htm   (2658 words)

 Reacting towards religious diversity: religious pluralism, and exclusivism
Religious Pluralism: Religions are all legitimate, valid, and true -- when viewed from within their particular culture.
Exclusivism and religious pluralism are two opposing ways of looking at world religions in relation to one's own faith.
Religious exclusivism is often a major cause of much of the world's civil unrest, civil wars, mass crimes against humanity and genocide.
www.religioustolerance.org /rel_plur.htm   (2403 words)

 Religious Pluralism and Israeli Society
This implies a true acceptance of pluralism, which “enables those holding every opinion and belief to live as they wish.” Burg believes that many Jews in Israel turn away from Judaism because of its association with establishment institutions and government structures that are negative and alienating.
The idea of combining religious Zionism, which joins spiritual rootedness with worldly progress, with the positive elements in the Zionism of Sephardic Jews, can be the human and ideological compound to fertilize the soil of our pluralistic mosaic.
“A religious Jewry that is attentive to developments in the modern world, is integrated into it and does not flee from it, and a secular Jewry that is aware of and respects its past and its sources.
www.wzo.org.il /en/resources/view.asp?id=1613   (1759 words)

He accepts that a move to pluralism modifies more traditional understandings of religious knowledge and truth, and even suggests that its ability to constrain the view of religionists with respect to the problem of diversity should be seen as a virtue of this account.
It is a form of religious pluralism in that it is conceived from within the basic faith that religious experience is not in toto human imaginative projection but, whilst involving human conceptuality and imagination, is also a cognitive response to what [I]Â…generally prefer to speak of as the Real.
James wrote that it is natural enough for religious believers to fill out and elaborate the religious hypothesis in a manner that represents a “live” option for them; but I agree with James that the statement of the hypothesis itself should remain as neutral as possible with respect to alternative conceptions of Godhead.
www.scs.unr.edu /~axtell/discontents.htm   (5600 words)

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Laurence: One of the most useful descriptions of religious pluralism has come from Professor Diana Eck at Harvard University, who says that 'pluralism is not the sheer fact of plurality alone, but is active engagement with plurality.' Pluralism assumes the equality of religions, at least as far as deserving a place in the dialogue.
Religious pluralism opens the door for a return of religion in its broadest and most inclusive sense to campus life.
As a result of attendance at the event in September, many schools are re-evaluating their religious life programs with the goal of redesigning the way they serve students from different religious backgrounds.
www.wellesley.edu /RelLife/transformation/ReligiousPluralism.doc   (2088 words)

 Religious Pluralism
The new definition of pluralism is not only indefensible, but it also discourages critical thinking about the real issues.
Religious relativism maintains that one religion can be true for one person or culture but not for another.
Religious beliefs are simply an accident of birth: Moral relativism maintains that there are no moral absolutes, no objective ethical right and wrong.
www.inplainsite.org /html/religious_pluralism.html   (1497 words)

 Religious Freedom and Pluralism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-10)
In theory, there could be a nation in which some one religious tradition is dominant and officially established, while members of minority religious groups are perfectly free to worship and witness according to their own convictions.
Even religiously affiliated institutions are sometimes required by law not to take account of religious preference or practice in their processes of hiring and promotion.
Pluralism, if it is not to become destructive, must be accompanied by fundamental agreements such as those embodied in what I have described as the American civil religion.
www.acton.org /publicat/m_and_m/2002_spring/dulles.html   (5080 words)

 Pluralism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Pluralism is, in the general sense, the affirmation and acceptance of diversity.
Pluralism is connected with the hope that this process of conflict and dialogue will lead to a definition and subsequent realization of the common good that is best for all members of society.
In ultimate consequence, pluralism thus also implies the right for individuals to determine values and truths for themselves instead of being forced to follow the whole of society or, indeed, their own group.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pluralism   (1425 words)

 Encyclopedia Article: Religious Pluralism
Thus Baha'u'llah writes: "There can be no doubt whatever that the peoples of the world, of whatever race or religion, derive their inspiration from one heavenly Source, and are the subjects of one God." (Gleanings, p.
The expected World Order of Baha'u'llah will not reflect any of our present-day conceptions: "All we can reasonably venture to attempt is to strive to obtain a glimpse of the first streaks of the promised Dawn that must, in the fullness of time, chase away the gloom that has encircled humanity" (WOB, p.
Consequently the Baha'i Peace Statement urges religious leaders to discuss the possible resolution of conflicts between the religions, and the means to cooperate to improve the lot of humanity: "How are the differences between them to be resolved both in theory and in practice?
bahai-library.org /encyclopedia/pluralism.html   (1757 words)

 Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly . PROFILE . Diana Eck . June 22, 2001 | PBS
Flushing, Queens is the most religiously and ethnically diverse community in America, with a story that mirrors the nation in microcosm.
Some view the memory of Flushing's heritage as a special blessing and are committed to the ideal of tolerance and the practice of interreligious dialogue; others have forgotten it or are simply unaware of it and see diversity only as a curse to feed their fear of change.
Another is our voluntary principle of religious disestablishment, the wisdom of the Constitution, a police precinct with a community affairs office that strives to relate to and protect the area, and the kind of vigilant "eyes on the street" that Jane Jacobs said often can be found among residents in good city neighborhoods.
www.pbs.org /wnet/religionandethics/week443/pluralism.html   (1641 words)

 Religious Pluralism Project
Machacek, David W. "Meaningful Diversity: A Culture of Religious Pluralism." Presented to the Religious Pluralism in Southern California Conference at UCSB, Spring 2003.
Machacek, David W. "Prayer Warriors: African Immigrant Religions." Presented to the Religious Pluralism in Southern California Conference at UCSB, Spring 2003.
"Religious Pluralism and Civic Culture." Presented to the Religious Pluralism in Southern California Conference at UCSB, Spring 2003.
www.religion.ucsb.edu /projects/newpluralism/publications.htm   (262 words)

 Religious Pluralism Project
She is examining the ways in which religious groups "go public" by providing social services to diverse constituencies.
She is studying the response of public education to religious pluralism in southern California, looking particularly at how the public education system has handled the challenges of religious diversity and inculcated certain values about religious 'tolerance'.
Daniel Michon (M.A., 2002, UC Santa Barbara; M.Ed., 1994, John Carroll University) is a Ph.D. candidate in Religious Studies, specializing in South Asian religion and culture with a focus on Sikh and Punjab studies.
www.religion.ucsb.edu /projects/newpluralism/team.htm   (645 words)

 A Theological Reflectton on Religious Pluralism Ecumenical Review, The - Find Articles
According to one recent reference book, religious pluralism is "the view that different, or even contradictory, forms of religious belief and behaviour could or even should coexist.
Exclusion and inclusion are central to religious discourse.
In this context, pluralism appears as a third position, presumably overcoming the limitations of inclusion and exclusion.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m2065/is_2_51/ai_56063939   (913 words)

 A Careful Look at Religious Pluralism
That is, the object of this paper is to show the erroneousness, and therefore, arrogance of pluralism as a philosophy or doctrine of salvation.
As creator of all, he is the ultimate source of all our knowledge, so that our attempts to know truth are dependent on him and bear witness to him." Thus, the Christian freely and humbly admits dependence upon the living God for his or her epistemological foundation.
"Discussions about religious pluralism have been seriously hindered by some folk with a well-meaning but ultimately spurious mindset that is locked into the 'we're really all saying the same thing' worldview, which suppresses or evades the differences between faiths in order to construct some artificial theory to account for commonalities.
members.aol.com /BaxterInstitute2/LookAtPluralism.html   (6448 words)

 Religious Diversity (Pluralism) > Notes (Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy)
The phrase “religious exclusivist” has been used by some as a label for anyone who claims that her perspective on a religious issue is true (and, thus, that any incompatible perspective is false).
Looked at in this way, “religious pluralism,” however it is defined, is not a competing position.
If a person believes that a given perspective on a religious issue is true, then, regardless of the nature or content of that perspective, she is a religious exclusivist; if a person doesn't hold such a belief, then she is not a religious exclusivist with respect to the issue in question.
plato.stanford.edu /entries/religious-pluralism/notes.html   (406 words)

 Religious pluralism not an issue on campus
LAUDERDALE, Fla., March 2 (JTA) -- The religious pluralism issue that is so divisive elsewhere does not seem to be much of a factor on the American college campus.
Controversy over religious pluralism issues in Israel have generated a crisis in Israel-Diaspora relations and strained relations between the Orthodox and liberal movements in the United States.
But religious pluralism was not addressed in any of the sessions at the recent Charlotte and Jack J. Spitzer B'nai B'rith Hillel Forum on Public Policy, an annual conference for Jewish college students, that was held in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
studentorgs.utexas.edu /cjso/news/Religious_pluralism_not_an_issu.html   (524 words)

 Pluralism - religious cults, sects and movements
Those who promote pluralism in the second sense often claim that a) criticizing a religion, and/or b) insisting that one's own religion is exclusivistic (e.g Christianity's claim that salvation can be obtained only by accepting Jesus Christ) is intolerant or even hateful.
As the subtitle of the book indicates, Adler is concerned with applying the principle of the unity of truth (i.e., all the diverse parts of truth fit into a compatible whole) to the numerous and contradictory truth claims made by the worlds great religions.
The Pluralism Project was developed by Diana L. Eck at Harvard University to study and document the growing religious diversity of the United States, with a special view to its new immigrant religious communities.
www.apologeticsindex.org /p14.html   (768 words)

 SSRN-'Modest Expectations'?: Civic Unity, Religious Pluralism, and Conscience by Richard Garnett
It is true, as Feldman writes, that our diversity has long and often been called a blessing and a source of strength or balance, and is at the same time a fundamental challenge to the project of popular self-government.
Feldman and Hasson are right to remind readers that our response to this challenge need not, and should not, include a demand that religious expression, symbols, and activities be confined, laicite-style, to the private sphere or the margins of our common life.
As John Courtney Murray suggested several decades ago, given the reality and permanence of pluralism, we should cherish only modest expectations with regard to the solution of the problem of religious pluralism and civic unity.
papers.ssrn.com /sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=931196   (445 words)

 Welcome to MUJCA-NET
A groundbreaking work, "Deep Religious Pluralism" is based on the conviction that the philosophy articulated by Alfred North Whitehead encourages not only religious diversity but deep religious pluralism.
In Part I, David Ray Griffin explains how the Whitehead-based religious pluralism of John Cobb avoids the problems in John Hick's type of pluralism, which have led many thinkers, such as Mark Heim, to reject pluralism as such.
Religious Leaders Outreach Program MUJCA-NET can help arrange for a 9/11 Truth outreach person to speak to a priest, imam, rabbi or minister in your area.
mujca.com /deepreligiouspluralism.htm   (1079 words)

 Religious pluralism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This was a common historical attitude prior to the Enlightenment, and has appeared as governmental policy into the present day under systems like Afghanistan's Taliban regime, which destroyed the ancient Buddhas of Bamyan.
Greeks and Romans easily accomplished this task by subsuming the entire set of gods from other faiths into their own religion; this was done on rare occasion by adding a new god to their own pantheon; on most occasions they identified another religion's gods with their own, see syncretism.
Dhimmi enjoyed full freedom under that welfare state founded by Muhammad and could practice their religious rituals according to their faith and beliefs.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Religious_pluralism   (7809 words)

 Religious Pluralism
2- Religious freedom, which means to have the right to believe, worship and witness as you wish; to change your beliefs or religion; and to join with others to express your beliefs...
In the United States, therefore, religious pluralism can be said to be overseen by the secular state, which guarantees equality under law between different religions, whether these religion have a handful of adherents or many millions.
Religious freedom has not existed at all in some communist countries where the state restricts or prevents the public expression of religious belief and may even actively persecute individual religions, as in North Korea, for example.
biblia.com /theology/pluralism.htm   (1709 words)

 Utah Pluralism Project
This scene reflects the religious diversity of Utah at the dawn of the 21st century.
Hindu priest Venkata Sastry performed the Vaasthu Homa ceremony on October 27, 2001 as construction of the Sri Ganesha Hindu Temple began in Salt Lake County.
This project focuses on the development of Buddhist, Hindu, Islamic, and Sikh religious congregations in Utah, particularly in Utah's immigrant communities.
faculty.weber.edu /bdavis/pluralism/default.htm   (255 words)

 Ecumenism, Religions Tolerance, Religious Pluralism
It means to accept the rights of others to follow freely their own religious beliefs and practices, even though they seem false to you.
Any kind of killing or war based on religious believes is a sacrilege, because each person is a sacred child of God...
He who has prejudice, or intolerance, or discrimination, or oppression, or hate, is a very bad religious person, even if he is a pastor or a rabbi or a nun or any kind of religions leader… and even then, he is the most refined hypocrite, abhorred by God Himself!.
biblia.com /christianity2/ecumenism.htm   (3769 words)

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