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

by Diana L. Eck. HarperSanFrancisco, 2001.

Through immigration and an expanded interest in diverse traditions, the United States has experienced an influx and expansion of religious traditions. We have become, according to Diana Eck, the "world's most religiously diverse nation." Hindu and Buddhist temples, Sikh gurdwaras, and Muslim mosques sit alongside Christian churches and Jewish synagogues. Eck explores at length the history of Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism in the United States. She notes that conflicts have arisen when these religious movements have attempted to establish a presence in areas where they were not understood or welcomed. At the same time, efforts often made by clergy in churches and synagogues have successfully resolved many of these conflicts and encouraged people to accept and support their new neighbors. Intended to foster a more open and sympathetic attitude toward various faiths and practices, this book can help congregations understand the new religious pluralism in the United States as well as the basic tenets of principal faiths outside of Judaism and Christianity.