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This tab is designed to introduce the concepts of religious pluralism, religious diversity, and interfaith dialogue, This is not an all-encompassing guide to diversity in belief, but rather a list of resources to use as a starting point to a deeper scholarly conversation. See also: Underrepresented Voices in Christianity and/or World Religions.
Pluralism is an ethic of respect for diversity. Whereas diversity in society is a fact, how societies respond to diversity is a choice. Pluralism results from the daily decisions taken by state institutions, civil society associations and individuals to recognize and value human differences.
First, pluralism is not diversity alone, but the energetic engagement with diversity. Second, pluralism is not just tolerance, but the active seeking of understanding across lines of difference. Third, pluralism is not relativism, but the encounter of commitments. Fourth, pluralism is based on dialogue.
Religious pluralism is a vision of the world in which diverse religious communities and non-believers engage each other in beneficial ways, maintain their distinct identities, and thrive and defend each others’ right to thrive.
Selected Religion Books in Bunch Library
Diversity, Equity & Inclusion of Religions in America
American politics and policy ranging from church-state relations to immigration and the environment all have a significant religious dimension. Social and political movements are often motivated by faith or religious identity, and some of the most contentious public debates of our time revolve around moral beliefs. These resources address the changing role of religion in American public life.
A detailed study of sacred literature in Judaism, Christianity and Islam reveals an extraordinarily similar teaching of social values and individual morals. The most important revelation for Jews and Christians is the Muslim belief that their holy book, the Quran, is the third and final volume of God's great book in heaven, The first two volumes were the Torah and the Injil—or Gospels. In terms of values, the three Abrahamic religions are, indeed, a family.
The Nashville Interfaith Meetup Group is an inclusive group for anyone who is interested in learning more about different religions or different faith, spiritual or philosophical traditions through friendship with those who follow or practice them.
Faith & Culture Center integrates communities across divides through the development of meaningful relationships. We work to foster greater understanding, appreciation, and cooperation between communities in Middle Tennessee across lines of faith, race, culture, and ethnicity.
Tennessee Interfaith Power and Light (TIPL) responds to climate change through upholding the sacredness of all life, protection of vulnerable communities, and caring for the Earth. We witness our spiritual values by reducing our carbon emissions within our daily lives, releasing the spiritual power of our faith communities, and by advocating for effective climate protection policies.