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Passing on the FaithTransforming Traditions for the Next Generation of Jews, Christians, and
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James L. Heft

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780823226474

Published to Fordham Scholarship Online: March 2011

DOI: 10.5422/fso/9780823226474.001.0001

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Religious Identity and Belonging Amidst Diversity and Pluralism: Challenges and Opportunities for Church and Theology

Religious Identity and Belonging Amidst Diversity and Pluralism: Challenges and Opportunities for Church and Theology

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(p.162) Religious Identity and Belonging Amidst Diversity and Pluralism: Challenges and Opportunities for Church and Theology
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Peter C. Phan

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Fordham University Press
DOI:10.5422/fso/9780823226474.003.0010

This chapter discusses four realities—identity, belonging, diversity, and pluralism in religious matters—that when combined together and placed in the North American context, present both challenges and opportunities for the Christian church and its theology. It begins by briefly describing the four realities mentioned and then outlines the main challenges as well as the opportunities they present to the process of forming Christian identity. It elaborates a series of theological insights that will help the church meet these challenges and exploit these opportunities for building Christian identity. The chapter concludes by suggesting ways to construct and develop Christian identity, especially in young people, in an increasingly religiously diverse and plural world.

Keywords:   United States, religion, Christian identity, identity, belonging, diversity, pluralism

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