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, positioned in a different way, as a doctrine that's embedded inside a variety of political, civic, and cultural associations. Their critique considers how spiritual distinction is framed as an issue that in basic terms pluralism can resolve. operating relatively throughout international locations 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 upon, and clash. individuals find pluralism's beliefs in varied sites—Broadway performs, Polish Holocaust memorials, Egyptian dream interpretations, German jails, and criminal theories—and exhibit its shaping of political and social interplay in stunning and strong methods. all through, they query assumptions underlying pluralism's discourse and its impact at the felony judgements that form smooth spiritual perform. individuals do greater than deconstruct this idea; they take on what comes subsequent. Having tested 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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If this is the current state of things, in the United States at least, what does it mean to be “after pluralism”? As Pamela Klassen and Courtney Bender note in the introduction to this volume, the “after” indicates a number of different aspects of the times in which we find ourselves. We are “after” the moment in which the discourse of pluralism has become part of mainstream political discourse, as have its ethical imperatives, which involve a commitment to democratic engagement across differences.

One of the things that the editors of this book have encouraged us to do is to look to the sites where religious pluralism is actually negotiated in contemporary societies—the law, the media, and the street—and I am happy to take up this encouragement. In nearly all these places, one of the points at which negotiations of difference occur is around issues of gender and sexuality. If one looks at the primary examples of the negotiation of religious difference provided in the initial description of the “After Pluralism” conference, for example, one finds that two of the three cases focus on the institution most associated in our society with gender and sexuality: the family.

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