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Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously
Spiritual Politics on America's Sacred Ground

Edited by Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola

Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously
Paperback, 344 pages $39.95
Published: 1st November 2005
ISBN: 9781932792331
Format: 9in x 6in

Subjects: All Political Science, All Religious Studies, All Theology, Religion & Politics, World Religions

The clash between the religious right and the secular left undermines any serious debate about the role of religion in American public life. Such strident cultural rhetoric often ignores the positive contributions of America’s many religions. By contrast, this volume celebrates America’s religious diversity, demonstrating that religious pluralism is actually one of democracy’s basic building blocks. Taking Religious Pluralism Seriously expands on Barbara A. McGraw’s framework for understanding religious participation in public life—a two-tiered public forum, consisting of the civic public forum and the conscientious public forum. The chapters explore how diverse religious communities and traditions, including “newer” and marginalized religions, can make a meaningful contribution to American society and politics.


Diana L. Eck


Barbara A. McGraw and Jo Renee Formicola

1          Introduction to America's Sacred Ground

            Barbara A. McGraw

2          American Jews and the Public Role of Religion

            Kenneth D. Wald

3          Confucianism on America's Sacred Ground

            Thomas Selover

4          Catholicism and Pluralism: A Continuing Dilemma for the Twenty-first Century

            Jo Renee Formicola

5          Greening of America's Sacred Ground: Eco-Spirituality and Environmental Politics

            Stephen Woolpert

6          The Mormon Religion, Cultural Challenges, and the Good   Society

            John Pottenger

7          American Muslims and the Rediscovery of America's Sacred Ground

            M.A. Muqtedar Khan

8          The Black Church and the Politics of Liberation

            James L. Taylor

9          The Hindu Tree on America’s Sacred Ground

            Anatanand Rambachan

10        Staking Out America's Sacred Ground: The Baptist Tradition of Religious Liberty

            Derek H. Davis

11        Buddhist Contributions to the Civic and Conscientious Public Forums

            Rita M. Gross

12        Unsecular Humanism: The Supreme Court and American Public Culture

            David W. Machacek and Phillip E. Hammond

Epilogue: Issues for Further Study and Conversation

Barbara A. McGraw



About the Authors

List of Contributors



There could be no more important work today.

—Diana Eck, Professor of Comparative Religion and Indian Studies and Director, The Pluralism Project, Princeton University

Illuminating essays from a variety of religious traditions... Recommended. Lower-division undergraduates through graduate students; practitioners; general readers.


Barbara A. McGraw (Ph.D. University of Southern California) is Associate Professor of Law and Ethics at Saint Mary’s College of California.  Jo Renee Formicola (Ph.D. Drew University) is Professor of Political Science at Seton Hall University.

Publication Details:

 Paperback , 344 pages
 9in x 6in

 Baylor University Press

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