Being Faithful in Diversity-0

Being Faithful in Diversity

Being Faithful in Diversity considers the facts and natures of religious diversity and examines responses to them. It then explores the more difficult issue about how it is we are to be true to our religious positions and live within the context of religious diversity. The challenges we face include the fact of religious diversity in itself, the decline of old supports for faith, the disappearance of former taken for granted starting places, such as the monarchy, the British empire and Christendom; and finally the rise of and presence of newer forms of inter-religious competition and conflict. Newspapers are full of images of religious conflict overseas and reports of religious competition and conflict at home. Is it possible to negotiate the competing demands and claims between religious groups and the competition and conflict between them and secularist groups?


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Gary D Bouma is Emeritus Professor of Sociology and UNESCO Chair in Intercultural and Interreligious Relations—Asia Pacific at Monash University and Associate Priest in the Anglican Parish of St John’s East Malvern. He was Chair, Board of Directors for The Parliament of the World’s Religions 2009. His research in the sociology of religion examines the management of religious diversity in plural multicultural societies, postmodernity as a context for doing theology, religion and terror, religion and public policy. He is the author of over 20 books. Recent books include: Australian Soul: Religion and Spirituality in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press) and Democracy in Islam (Routledge) and Religious Diversity in Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands: National Case Studies (Springer).

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