Democracy and the New Religious Pluralism

Synopsis

Religious pluralism is everywhere in today's politics. Increased immigration flows, the collapse of communism, and the globalization of communications technologies have all fostered a wider variety of religious beliefs, practices, and organizations within and across democratic societies. This is true in both the United States and Europe, where growing and diverse minority communities are transforming the political landscape. As a result, controversies over such things as headscarves and depictions of Mohammed are unsettling a largely secular Europe, while a Christian majority in the United States faces familiar questions about church-state relations amid unprecedented religious diversity. Far from receding into the background, religious language pervades arguments around established issues such as abortion and capital punishment, and new ones such as stem cell research and same-sex marriage.

Additional information

Contributors:
Includes content by:
  • Thomas Banchoff
  • Peter L. Berger
  • Pippa Norris
  • Ronald Inglehart
  • José Casanova
Publisher: Place of publication:
  • New York
Publication year:
  • 2007