Tagged with pluralism

Religion Compass September 2011 Issue – now available

The latest issue of Religion Compass is available on Wiley Online Library Christianity Keswick and the East African Revival: An Historiographical Reappraisal (pages 477–489) Jason Bruner Pentecostal Theology: Retrospect and Prospect (pages 490–500) Christopher A. Stephenson Indian Traditions Jainism: Key Themes (pages 501–510) Jeffery Long Islam Salvation and the ‘Other’ in Islamic Thought: The Contemporary … Continue reading

NEWS: Recognizing Difference is Good

In American society we have (understandably) a multitude of opinions about God. This goes without saying. But how we deal with difference has consequences. The result of multiculturalism and pluralism has, according to professor of religion Stephen Prothero, collapsed all of these ideas about God and religious belief into one manageable whole. In an attempt … Continue reading

NEWS: Religion and Coexistence/Existence in the 21st Century

Is the world becoming more religious or more secular? The secularization thesis (religion disappears with the rise of Modernity) has been challenged as the Christian “megachurch” phenomenon continues, radical Islam remains at the fore of public dialogue, and politicians continue to blur the lines between church and state as they invoke various religious aphorisms. Louis … Continue reading

NEWS: How Do We Raise Our Children to Be Spiritual?

In NPR’s Speaking of Faith, Krista Tippett interviews Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso in an interview piece titled “The Spirituality of Parenting.” When considering religious uncertainty and the pluralism of American culture, coupled with the importance of providing our children with a spiritual foundation, Rabbi Sasso asks the question “how do we teach their souls?” She … Continue reading

NEWS: Obama Downplays Muslim Diversity?

In a recent New York Times op-ed article, Philip Bowring argued that President Obama’s recent Cairo address, while “finely crafted” and “well-delivered,” exaggerated the divide between Muslims and non-Muslims and, moreover, downplayed Islam’s diversity. This diversity is not limited to the commonplace Sunni-Shiite divide; we see it mainly in the Muslim population living outside the … Continue reading

NEWS: Who is the Koran’s Author?

As the famous French saying goes “revolutions devour their own children”. Abdulkarim Soroush is a case in point: the most prominent Iranian public intellectual, who was once appointed by Ayatollah Khomeini to bring Cultural Revolution and to Islamicize the Iranian universities, is now facing death threats for his “heretical” statements about the origin of the … Continue reading

NEWS: International Conference on Islamic Feminism

Barcelona is hosting the third International Congress on Islamic Feminism, where a group of prominent Muslim scholars have gathered to discuss some pressing issues facing Muslim women. Making a distinction between the particular socio-cultural contexts within which Islam was born and the universal principles of the religion, Muslim feminists seek to articulate new interpretations that … Continue reading