The Challenges of Pluralism: Locating Religion in a World of Diversity


Show simple item record Ammerman, Nancy T. 2010-08-11T19:34:28Z 2010-08-11T19:34:28Z 2010-06
dc.identifier.citation Ammerman, Nancy T. 2010. “The Challenges of Pluralism: Locating Religion in a World of Diversity.” Social Compass 57:154 -167. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 0037-7686
dc.description This is a postprint (author's final draft) version of an article published in the journal Social Compass in 2010. The final version of this article may be found at (login may be required). The version made available in OpenBU was supplied by the author. en_US
dc.description.abstract The author argues that religious pluralism is the normal state of affairs. Religion itself is multi-dimensional, and the several dimensions of religious and spiritual experience can be combined in myriad ways across individual lives. Preliminary findings from new research are presented, detailing modes of spiritual discourse that include mystery, majesty, meaning, moral compassion, and social connection. These dimensions find expression across multiple social institutions. In addition, religion is multi-traditional and organized by plural producers of the goods and services and events that embody and transform religious tradition. Finally, it is argued that religious pluralism must be studied in terms of the structures of power and privilege that allow some religious ideas to be given free voice, but limit the practice of other religious rituals or the gathering of dissident religious communities. en_US
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Social Compass; Sage Publications en_US
dc.subject Everyday religion en_US
dc.subject Pluralism en_US
dc.subject Religion and law en_US
dc.subject Religious institutions en_US
dc.subject Spirituality en_US
dc.title The Challenges of Pluralism: Locating Religion in a World of Diversity en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.identifier.volume 57
dc.identifier.doi 10.1177/0037768610362406

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