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p. 1055. To Coin a Phrase

E Pluribus Unum As Ideal and Dilemmalocked

  • Timothy Beal


‘To Coin a Phrase’ considers how to respond to the replacement of shared commitment to a generic Christian moral orientation by a proliferation of individual and collective religious identities. The dilemma is how to find unity and identity without ostracizing those who are different, other, difficult or impossible to integrate. The challenge is huge. In today's world of provocative diatribe, the loudest, most polarizing, and most simplistic opinions about religion dominate, and religious and antireligious fundamentalisms are all the rage. What is needed is a commitment to listening to and sharing each other's beliefs, practices, and experiences about religion with the goal of understanding how they are personally meaningful.

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