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By Diana L. Eck. A New Religious America: How a "Christian Country" Has Become the World's Most Religiously Diverse Nation.
Understanding America's Religious Landscape Is the Most Important Challenge Facing Us Today. Eck has written an important work American Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism. Islam in particular has seen dramatic growth in the U.S. In the past decades mosques & temples have been proliferating even in the most Christian parts of America. Eck provides a history on how Islam and other religions outside Christinaity and Judaism were established in the U.S. The 1990s saw the U.S. Navy commission its first Muslim chaplain and open its first mosque. T here are presently more than three hundred temples in Los Angeles, home to the greatest variety of Buddhists in the world. There are more American Muslims than there are American Episcopalians, Jews, or Presbyterians. HarperSanFrancisco (2002), English, P aperback: 404 pages.
“[An] intelligent introduction to religious life outside American churches and synagogues.” (Wall Street Journal)
“Vivid writing…Diana Eck shows the way toward this nation’s future.” (James Carroll, author of Constantine's Sword)
“A thought-provoking analysis of trends that will shape the United States for years to come.” (Religious News Service)
“There cannot be a wiser or more authoritative guide...rich, exciting, and illuminating.” (Karen Armstrong, author of A History of God)