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A New Religious America: How a "Christian Country" Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation

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Author: Diana L. Eck
ISBN 13: 9780060621599
ISBN 10: 60621591
Edition: 2nd ed.
Publisher: HarperSanFrancisco
Publication Date: 2002-05-28
Format: Paperback
Pages: 404
List Price: $17.99

"The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world," Diana Eck writes in this eye-opening, de Toqueville-style guide to the religious realities of America today. Among her many observations, she notes that:

  • The 1990s saw the U.S. Navy commission its first Muslim chaplain and open the first mosque
  • Los Angeles is the most complex Buddhist city in the world
  • There are more Muslim Americans than there are Episcopalians, Presbyterians, or Jews

Especially since the Immigration Act of 1965 and the subsequent economy based on foreign-born labor, Muslims, Buddhists, Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Zoroastrains, Jews, and CAtholics of all kinds have arrived from all over the world, building lives in the urban, suburban, and rural communities of every region in the United States.

Eck reveals how the world's religions are no longer on the other side of the world but right in our neighborhoods. This new religious diversity is becoming mor eimportant than racial ethnic, or nationalistic ties, and will be a source of great social and cultural strength.

James Carroll

Vivid writing. . . Diana Eck shows the way toward this nation's future.