This pioneering handbook proposes an approach to pluralism that is relational, principled, and non-relativistic, going beyond banal calls for mere "tolerance."

The growing religious diversity within societies around the world presents both challenges and opportunities. A degree of competition between deeply held religious/worldview perspectives is natural and inevitable, yet at the same time the world urgently needs engagement and partnership across lines of difference. None of the world’s most pressing problems can be solved by any single actor, and as such it is not a question of if but when you partner with an individual or institution that does not think, act, or believe as you do. The authors argue that religious literacy—defined as a dynamic combination of competencies and skills, continuously refined through real-world cross-cultural engagement—is vital to building societies and states of neighborly solidarity and civic fairness.

Through examination, reflection, and case studies across multiple faith traditions and professional fields, this handbook equips scholars and students, as well as policymakers and practitioners, to assess, analyze, and act collaboratively in a world of deep diversity.

The Open Access version of this book, available at www.taylorfrancis.com, has been made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-Non Commercial-No Derivatives 4.0 license.

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chapter 1|16 pages

Rethinking religious literacy and pluralism

Crossing cultures, making covenants, and engaging globally
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part I|130 pages

What is religious literacy for?

chapter 2|17 pages

Covenantal pluralism

Toward a world of peaceable neighborhoods
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chapter 3|15 pages

Covenantal pluralism

Perspectives from Jewish history and thought
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chapter 5|14 pages

Are Calvinists for pluralism?

The politics and practice of a Protestant possibility
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chapter 6|16 pages

Deed over idea

Toward a shared Caliphate
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chapter 8|13 pages

The elephant in the room

Buddhist religious exclusivism and prospects for covenantal pluralism
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chapter 9|16 pages

Isomorphism, syncretism, and poly-ontological dynamics

The implications of Chinese religion for covenantal pluralism
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chapter 10|13 pages

On neutrality and the nones

Secular humanism, covenantal pluralism, and “religious” literacy
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part II|120 pages

Who needs religious literacy?

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chapter 19|15 pages

Religious literacy and American journalism

A charge to public service
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part III|173 pages

Where can religious literacy and covenantal pluralism make a difference? Case studies and practitioner perspectives

chapter 20|13 pages

Engagement and embrace—From apartheid to democracy

A reflection on rupture and a toolkit for transition
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chapter 21|11 pages

The secularism paradox

Living with deep difference in the Middle East
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chapter 22|14 pages

Two steps forward, one step back

Prospects for covenantal pluralism in Laos and Vietnam
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chapter 23|12 pages

Cross-cultural religious literacy, competencies, and skills

An Indonesian experience
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chapter 24|14 pages

“Salad bowl” secularism

India's covenant to preserve pluralism
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chapter 26|11 pages

Geo-religious literacy, orthodoxy, and plurality in Russia

Prospects for covenantal pluralism
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chapter 27|12 pages

Transition and transformation in Western Europe

Possibilities for covenantal pluralism
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chapter 30|13 pages

Understanding—and bridging—religious liberty tribalism

A case study in talking about Muslims' rights with Christian conservatives in America
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chapter 31|9 pages

Seeking a virtuous feedback loop

Robust pluralism and civic engagement in the United States
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chapter 33|16 pages

From the pulpit to pluralism

A personal reflection
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