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Religious diversity is a sign of the vitality of American spirituality, but it presents a challenge: a thoughtful believer will most likely recognize that religious Others hold beliefs that contradict his or her own and will confront the fact that there is apparently no better evidence for his or her own beliefs than for those held by the religious Other. Thus the religious Other can easily become the disconfirming Other. An Embarrassment of Riches examines the various responses open to the believer challenged by the disconfirming Other, from self-deception of New Age spirituality to rigid fundamentalist opposition.



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Sacred Heart University Press


Fairfield CT


United States, Religion, Religions


Religion | Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion

An Embarrassment of Riches: American Religious Pluralism as a Threat



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