Chad Meister

in The Oxford Handbook of Religious Diversity

Published in print December 2010 | ISBN: 9780195340136
Published online January 2011 | | DOI:

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In current discourse, the terms “religious diversity”and “religious pluralism”are sometimes used interchangeably in discussions about the variety and multiplicity of religions in the world. At other times, they have very different meanings. For example, religious diversity is often used to refer to the fact that there are significant differences of belief among religious adherents with respect to doctrinal, social, or political matters, as well as differences of religious practice. The presence of religious diversity raises conceptual and practical issues. These issues differ when looking from different academic perspectives, such as those of history, religious studies, philosophy, and sociology; but also from different religious viewpoints, including Hinduism, Buddhism, African religions, Chinese religions, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

Keywords: Islam; religious diversity; religious pluralism; religions; history; religious studies; philosophy; sociology; Christianity; Judaism

Article.  1590 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Comparative Religion

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