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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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More Hindus and Others Come to Town

More Hindus and Others Come to Town

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(p.142) ELEVEN More Hindus and Others Come to Town
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The Faith Next Door
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Paul D. Numrich

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.003.0012

This chapter updates the story in chapter 1 by exploring the increasing religious diversity of the blue-collar city featured there and revisiting the principal churches involved in the 1985 debate over a new Hindu temple to see where they stand today. Two pastors are featured: a United Church of Christ pastor, who considers religious diversity an opportunity for dialogue and mutual understanding, and the pastor of a “seeker sensitive” church affiliated with the Willow Creek Association, who interprets religious diversity as a sign of both spiritual warfare and potential harvest for the Gospel. Both see opportunity in a multireligious America but define it in very different ways.

Keywords:   Hindu, Hindu temple, religious diversity, United Church of Christ, dialogue, seeker sensitive, Willow Creek Association, spiritual warfare, Gospel, multireligious America

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