Collisions of faiths are among the most threatening conflicts around the world at the beginning of the twenty-first century. In the face of these conflicts, this manifesto is a call to embrace religious pluralism. Tackling people's fears of religious pluralism, the author demonstrates that citizens, religions and identities can in fact survive in radically pluralist settings. He argues that the first address to communities involved in collisions of faith should not be the conventional plea for tolerance, but a call that at least one party risk hospitality toward the other. The book deals with conflicts that affect or occur within those nations whose polities can be called republican, open, democratic, liberal or free, particularly the UK, the US, and Western Europe. Martin E. Marty is a renowned commentator on religious matters. He has written over 50 books, has won the National Book Award amongst numerous other honors, and has received 74 honorary doctorates.
"When I teach courses at this level I always include religiousdiversity. Martin Marty's recent text, When Faiths Collide, provides a good entry into this topic on three fronts: by drawingon history, theology, scripture and the intersection of religionwith politics, medicine and other fields, Marty reinforces my claimto students that our discipline is polymethodical."
Journal of Teaching Theology and Religion
"This is a marvellous accomplishment... When FaithsCollide is an original and fresh contribution to the discussionof religious "otherness" (the stranger in our midst) asit has unfolded in the aftermath of September 11."Scott Appleby, University of Notre Dame
"An essential read." Journal ofReligion
"In his typically comprehensive way, Martin Marty kindlygives all sides a hearing, eager to make sure every position isfairly represented with its nuance."
Word and World
1 Religious Strangers as Menaces 1
2 ?Belongers? versus Strangers 13
3 When Faith Communities Conflict 36
4 The Pluralist Polity 97
5 Living with a Pluralist Polity 97
6 The Risk of Hospitality 124
7 Theological Integrity in Response 149
Series: Blackwell Manifestos (Paperback)
Number Of Pages: 193
Published: 13th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.06 x 15.39 x 1.55
Weight (kg): 0.32
Edition Number: 1