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The Faith Next Door
American Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors
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they discover that the religions of the world now reside in their town? Most of the non-Christian representatives to the first Parliament came from outside the U.S. In 1993, however, when the organizers invited the religious communities of Chicago to form host committees for the event, more than half
turned out to be non-Christian: Baha'i, Buddhist, Hindu, Jain, Jewish, Muslim, Sikh and Zoroastrian. In this book, Paul Numrich presents eleven case studies of local Chicago-area Christian responses to America's changing religious landscape. Offering a broad, balanced, and sympathetic sampling, he wants to enable readers to make informed decisions about their own attitudes and strategies regarding their non-Christian neighbors. Included are Protestant, Catholic, and Orthodox Christian cases,
cases from immigrant and African-American communities, and perspectives ranging from conservative to liberal, from evangelical to pluralist. His study will be of great interest to scholars of American religious pluralism but is also designed to be usable by adult congregational study groups and church
leaders at all points on the theological spectrum and from every denominational background.
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Dr. Terry C. Muck, Dean and Professor of World Religion, Asbury Theological Seminary, Wilmore, Kentucky That the United States has become a religiously plural country is common knowledge. What Paul Numrich illumines is how that plurality is affecting local communities and churches. These case studies give the reader invaluable insights into what religious plurality does, positively and negatively, to religious faith. An important resource.
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Paul D. Numrich was trained in both Christian theology and the academic study of religion. He frequently advises churches and other religious groups, the media, schools, health care professionals, and community groups on a variety of religious topics. He is the Associate Professor in the Snowden Chair for the Study of Religion and Interreligious Relations at Methodist Theological School in Ohio, the Associate Professor of World Religions and Interreligious Relations at Trinity Lutheran Seminary, and Affiliate Research Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at Loyola University Chicago. Dr. Numrich is also an ordained Protestant minister.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS [III]; FOREWORD, FRED KNISS [VI]; INTRODUCTION: AMERICA'S NEW RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY ; Chapter 1: A Hindu Temple Comes to Town ; Chapter 2: Evangelizing Fellow Immigrants: South Asian Christians ; Chapter 3: Resettling for Christ: Evangelical Churches of DuPage County ; Chapter 4: Hosting Muslim Neighbors: Calvary Episcopal Church ; Chapter 5: Struggling to Reach Out: St. Silas Lutheran Church ; Chapter 6: Gathering around the Table of Fellowship: Lake Street Church ; Chapter 7: Bridges to Understanding: St. Lambert Roman Catholic Church ; Chapter 8: Unity in Spirituality: The Focolare Movement ; Chapter 9: Solidarity in the African American Experience: Churches and the Nation of Islam ; Chapter 10: Looking Back, Ahead, and into the Eyes of Others: The Orthodox Christian Experience ; Chapter 11: More Hindus and Others Come to Town ; CONCLUSION: LOCAL CHRISTIANS FACE AMERICA'S NEW RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY ; INDEX