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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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America's New Religious Diversity

(p.3) Introduction
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

The United States increasingly perceives itself as a multireligious society. The Introduction describes the changing American religious landscape and its implications for local Christians. Two major social trends have contributed to this new religious diversity in the United States: increased immigration and interest in “alternative” or “new” religions. Individuals and groups featured in this book have responded to religious diversity in a variety of ways and out of deliberate Christian conviction. Their experiences can prompt readers to act with the same deliberate conviction. The Introduction includes the perspectives of the Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions, the Southern Baptist Convention, and the Assemblies of God. The question of religious truth is broached here and recurs throughout the book.

Keywords:   multireligious society, religious diversity, American religious landscape, immigration, alternative religions, new religions, Southern Baptist Convention, Assemblies of God, religious truth

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