Religious Diversity and the American Experience surveys the eight or so basic theological approaches to religious pluralism, ranging from exclusivism through classic inclusivism, revised inclusivism, pluralism, particularism, and radical particularism to comparative theologies and dual belonging. This will mark its usefulness as a text. However, its unique contribution is how it situates the issue of pluralism in the cultural site of the United States (here relying on the "thick" cultural analyses of Robert Wuthnow, Vincent Miller, and others) and in the religious site of Roman Catholicism (as offering the mainstream Christian response to religious diversity). The aim is to develop the best "pragmatic" approach to religious diversity, that is, the one that has the greatest potential for helping shape and reform religious and civic practice. Book jacket.
The Sunspots Of Serendipity is four-hundred forty lyrical quatrains on lost love, the tenuous course of the world--and our tragic human failings. It is full of epic heartbreak, and modest romance. A dirge on Mother Nature and human innocence, it is cynical on greed, money--and politics. It broods on the fragile constitution of our society--and also of our hearts' failures to reconcile our new world freedoms from commitment, with those old world ideals of monogamy. The passages are nimble, cryptic pieces evoking hope and caution. They quickly become metaphysical or existential, on the turn of a verb. They often culminate in tongue-twisters, or nonsensical syntheses--just to see if you're still reading.Also, weaving between the poles of faltering romances and worldly despairs, one finds anecdotal commentaries on everyday human frustrations--and the victories we all experience. For although the overtone of Sunspots is serious and brooding, its perspectives are never so bleak as to call an end to the words themselves--so that ultimately, hope bleeds through.
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