After Pluralism: Reimagining Religious Engagement by Courtney Bender, Pamela Klassen

By Courtney Bender, Pamela Klassen

The members to this quantity deal with pluralism as an idea that's traditionally and ideologically produced or, placed in a different way, as a doctrine that's embedded inside of a variety of political, civic, and cultural associations. Their critique considers how spiritual distinction is framed as an issue that in simple terms pluralism can remedy. operating relatively throughout countries and disciplines, the essays in After Pluralism discover pluralism as a "term of paintings" that units the norms of id and the parameters of trade, come across, and clash. participants find pluralism's beliefs in different sites—Broadway performs, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and felony theories—and display its shaping of political and social interplay in remarkable and robust methods. all through, they query assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its impact at the criminal judgements that form sleek non secular perform. members do greater than deconstruct this idea; they take on what comes subsequent. Having verified the family tree and results of pluralism, they generate new questions for attractive the collective worlds and a number of registers within which faith operates.

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Indd 40 5/19/10 9:10 AM Ethics After Pluralism 41 of government articulates his modern Protestantism with secularism (in this case secular law) so as to make Protestant monogamy normal and other sexual ethics, religious or not, distinctly abnormal. The suturing of religious and secular concern makes modern sexual norms particularly powerful because they appear to be natural. 19 To develop an ethic that shifts away from modern normativity is not do away with norms—any activity has its norms of action—but to shift the relationship between norms and the operation of power, to challenge the way in which norms are embedded in the “whole technical, administrative, juridical and medical apparatus” of power (Foucault 1984:336).

4. org/blogs/ immanent_frame/, accessed June 2, 2009), and a recent poll ordered by the Canadian news magazine maclean’s (Geddes 2009). 5. -led war against Iraq that followed. indd 23 5/19/10 9:10 AM 24 Introduction religious diversity—with specific focus on Islam and the conception of the United States as a Christian nation—changed markedly in the wake of these two events. 6. shtml (accessed May 7, 2009). 7. For example, the Pew Charitable Trusts Gateways initiative funded multiple geographically centered studies on religious diversity (and the religions of new immigrants) in the 1990s.

Constellations 8:219–235. Kaplan, Benjamin. 2007. Divided by faith: Religious Conflict and the Practice of toleration in Early modern Europe. : Harvard University Press. indd 26 5/19/10 9:10 AM Habits of Pluralism 27 Klassen, Pamela E. 2007. Radio Mind: Christian Experimentalists on the Frontiers of Healing. Journal of the American Academy of Religion 75:651–683. Klassen, Pamela E. Forthcoming. Healing Christians: medicalized modernity and the Spirits of Protestantism. Berkeley: University of California Press.

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