America is the most religiously devout country in the Western world and the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In today’s volatile climate of religious conflict, prejudice, and distrust, how do we affirm the principle that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different faiths and beliefs?
Eboo Patel, IFYC Founder & President, provides answers to this important question in this inspiring and thought-provoking book. Drawing on his personal experience as a Muslim in America, Eboo examines broader questions about the importance of religious diversity in the cultural, political, and economic life of the nation.
Out of Many Faiths explores how religious language has given the United States some of its most enduring symbols and inspired many of its most vital civic institutions—and demonstrates how the genius of the American experiment lies in its empowerment of people of all creeds, ethnicities, and convictions.
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"Readers will be rewarded with Patel's rich perspective on religious diversity in America as he champions the strength of its civic identity and the possibility of religious pluralism in the years to come." —Publishers Weekly, starred review
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Will America’s identity as a Judeo-Christian nation shift as citizens of different backgrounds grow in numbers and influence? In what ways will minority religious communities themselves change as they take root in American soil? In addressing these and other questions, Eboo Patel shows how America’s promise is the guarantee of equal rights and dignity for all, and how that promise is the foundation of America’s unrivaled strength as a nation. The book also includes incisive commentaries by John Inazu, Robert Jones, and Laurie Patton on American civil religion, faith and law, and the increasing number of non-religious Americans. Out of Many Faiths is part of the Our Compelling Interests series, which explores issues of diversity and their impacts on the future of democracy and society.
About the Author
Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a non-profit organization that promotes interfaith leadership on college campuses. He is the author of Interfaith Leadership: A Primer; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. He lives in Chicago.