Is religious pluralism possible?

We live at a time when people of different faith backgrounds are interacting with greater frequency than ever before. We hear the stories of people who seek to make faith a barrier of division or a bomb of destruction all too often. Instead, in the Interfaith Cooperation they view religious and philosophical traditions as bridges of cooperation. Their interfaith movement builds religious pluralism. They define religious pluralism as a world characterized by: respect for people’s diverse religious and non-religious identities, mutually inspiring relationships between people of different backgrounds, and common action for the common good.

According to them, these three attitudes are mutually reinforcing and backed by social science data, what they call the “interfaith triangle”. The art of interfaith leadership would be about people who create and foster opportunities for positive knowledge and opportunities for engagement and move others around the interfaith triangle and lead to a community marked by pluralism. They believe that American college students, supported by their campuses, can be the interfaith leaders needed to make religion a bridge and not a barrier.

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