chapter  8
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Exploring Religious Pluralism in Higher Education: Nonmajority Religious Perspectives among Entering First-Year College Students

ByAlyssa N. Bryant

Although Christian perspectives persist within the majority mindset in the United States and continue to fl ourish,1 the presence of countless other faith traditions renders this nation the most religiously diverse in the world.2 The increasingly pluralistic American landscape is based in large part on non-European immigration patterns in the last half-century.3 Williams4 points to the infl ux of Hindus, Sikhs, Jains, Muslims, and Christians from Pakistan and India as a result of changes to immigration laws in 1965. Eck5 notes the vast array of places-spanning Asia, Africa, South America, and the Middle East-from which followers of myriad traditions have come. American Judaism, too, has become more internally diverse as a result of immigration from overseas.6