Diana Eck : Religious Pluralism is Here to Stay

April 24, 2004

Source: The Flint Journal


On April 24, 2004 The Flint Journal reported, " Like it or not, religious pluralism is here and people need to choose how they want to deal with it, a Harvard University professor told 370 members of the audience at a University of Michigan-Flint luncheon on Wednesday. Diana Eck, professor of comparative religion and Indian studies, said a 1965 U.S. immigration law has brought wider religion diversity to America. 'We are in the process of changing,' Eck told a Frances Willson Thompson Critical Issues forum at the Northbank Center. "And that is something new, that is pluralism." Eck, who directs a pluralism project, said people can take an exclusive, inclusive or pluralist approach to the changes that have seen Islamic mosques and Hindu temples blossom in communities near Christian churches, along with Jewish synagogues and buildings where Buddhists worship."