The Faith Next Door: American Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors

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Oxford University Press, Aug 13, 2009 - Religion - 184 pages
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The religious landscape of the United States has changed dramatically in recent decades. How are Christians relating to their Buddhist, Hindu, Muslim, and other new religious neighbors? Using local examples, The Faith Next Door covers the gamut of Christian responses to America's multireligious reality. The book also examines how the events of September 11, 2001 have shaped Christian approaches to believers from other faiths, from engaging in dialogue to hoping for conversion. Here Christian theology meets the multireligious real world, with multiple results suggestive of national trends. The Faith Next Door will appeal to Christians from all denominations and perspectives who seek models for relationships in the diverse contemporary context. It will also inform non-Christian readers and general observers of trends in American religion about the variety of local Christian responses to other religions.
 

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Contents

Americas New Religious Diversity
3
A Hindu Temple Comes to Town
17
Evangelizing Fellow Immigrants South Asian Christians
28
Resettling for Christ Evangelical Churches of DuPage County
42
Hosting Muslim Neighbors Calvary Episcopal Church
56
Struggling to Reach Out St Silas Lutheran Church
68
Gathering around the Table of Fellowship Lake Street Church
80
Bridges to Understanding St Lambert Roman Catholic Church
92
Unity in Spirituality The Focolare Movement
104
Solidarity in the African American Experience Churches and the Nation of Islam
117
Looking Back Ahead and into the Eyes of Others The Orthodox Christian Experience
130
More Hindus and Others Come to Town
142
Local Christians Face Americas New Religious Diversity
155
Index
169
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