In the book Religious Literacy, Stephen Prothero’s main argument is that religious literacy is very important and it is important for youth to be religiously knowledgeable. Prothero starts off his book by talking about how “Americans are both deeply religious and profoundly ignorant about religion” (1). Prothero says this because Americans go to church like and are religious yet know nothing about the basics of a religion. Then Prothero goes on to show some examples in which people being religiously knowledgeable would have helped a situation. As in Prothero’s example of September 11, 2001, where a man shot and killed an Indian American because he thought the turban meant the Sikh Indian was Muslim (3). The examples he used back his point of Americans being religiously ignorant. Prothero then goes on to explain some of the reasons behind this nation becoming religiously illiterate. In the chapter Eden, Prothero talks about how in the early America years people used religious readings as way to learn. The early Americans used the bible as a way to teach kids or other illiterates how
Reza Aslan is an Iranian-American writer. Reza Aslan was born in Tehran, Iran. As the Iranian
Eboo Patel, the author of “Making the Future Better, Together,” makes points on how America was able to change into something majestic. He tries to convince people that America is a country where people appreciate the diversity that is in the United States. However, I believe that we live in a country where people diminish the uniqueness of the diversity we are able to achieve in America. Eboo Patel, the author of this article and an Indian Muslim that serves on President Obama’s Advisory Council on Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships, points out that when he was at an airport, he was “...watching women in Islamic headscarves brave the stares and scowls of some of their fellow Americans on an anniversary no one will ever forget” (2-4).
Mohandas Gandhi was a “key figure in the Indian struggle for independence.” He worked to use nonviolent ways to fight for equality and change in India. Gandhi was able to unite many groups and “inspired the common people of India to work for change.” In addition, Gandhi advocated using a more traditional approach (Wadley 202). Although Mohandas Gandhi 's satyagraha campaign caused violence, his advocacy for those who were discriminated against in Indian society led to the initial unification of India to gain independence from Great Britain. Gandhi’s attempt to peacefully fight for independence still left a considerable amount of violence during protests. Gandhi advocated for oppressed or mistreated groups, such as untouchables, women, and those
There are many views and opinions of the state of the United States on this subject. It has long been a puzzling issue that never seems to seize. America should have religious freedom, because it is a constitutional right to Americans. Prayer in school, gay marriage, and governmental control, are among some of the main issues in this topic.
In chapters six and nine of Annotations, Professor Bazian provides a historical analysis of the dichotomies within race (in Confronting Race in America ch.9) and religion and philosophies (in “Islamic Reformation” and the West living in Our Minds ch.6). In chapter six, he explores the idea of an “Islamic Reformation,” a European idea inspired by Martin Luther’s actions and his disagreement with the Catholic Church. There has been a push for “Islamic Reformation” on the basis of political and social reformation. But as previously noted, this idea was initially introduced by Europeans. Professor Bazian argues that the way this “Reformation” has been constructed is critical because it was initiated by an external agent and it is based on a European
Patel immediately starts off speaking about non-white races in America and how many of them are stigmatized in a way that would portray them as terrorists. They do not appear like your stereotypical American and therefore must prove “[they] belong”. It’s worth noting that Patel herself is fair skinned and would appear like your stereotypical American despite her mixed heritage. While this may actually skew some of her opinion in the matter, Patel is also a lawyer who focuses on racial justice litigation, making her likely apt to continue. She hones in on the the Arab, Muslin, and Asian populations that are prescribed the negative label of terrorist, especially in our post-9/11 society. In her own experience when showing her photo ID she was asked “You’re not a terrorist, are you?”
Neusner, J. & Chilton, B. (2008). Religious Tolerance in World Religions | Templeton Press. Templetonpress.org. Retrieved 12 August 2016, from
The American population is becoming increasingly diverse in regards to religious beliefs. The rapid expansion has called to attention the rights we the people have been guaranteed in the Constitution. The Constitution of the United States ensures its citizens the freedom of religion, not freedom from religion, making it a necessity to balance First Amendment rights alongside individual jurisdiction.
I chose this quote because I realize that many people including myself encounter other religions and their lifestyle due to multiculturalism in the modern society as well as technology and social media. Having peers who are of other religions, being a part of their lives and seeing pictures, videos, words and thoughts derived from other religions on social media has allowed us to understand and gain knowledge about these religions that alter and reshape our understanding of our own faith. The exposure of different religions in our daily lives through observation and experiences raises countless questions about not only the reasons behind the practices and traditions of other religions but also what this information and knowledge means to one as an individual of another religion. For example, the author 's encounter with Banaras and a few of the people she met allowed her, as a Christian, to realize that people of other religions have similar values or beliefs and she realized the possibility that "god really encounters us in the lives of people of all other faith" (10). It is also important to note that everyone has a different personal experience and perception of these encounters as personal beliefs and opinions play a part in building up the
Many Muslim families are labelled, judged, and in some cases feared by the American people. Many major cities have mosques, and it is important to acknowledge the presence and value this individuals have in our society. In effort to achieve a better understanding of the faith itself and the lifestyle of those that follow the faith, I visited a worship service and a community event held at one of the mosques in Iowa. In some ways this experience felt very foreign, yet in many ways it felt very comfortable. The people invited me in, and respected my own boundaries as an observer and learner. This immersion journey began with feelings of fear and hesitation, and concluded with feelings of respect and
Geaves, G. D. a. R., 2007. The Study of Religion: An Introductin to Key Ideas and Methods. s.l.:The Continuum International Publishing Group.
The advantage of living in a diverse society is that it can help increase one’s knowledge, awareness and understanding about others culture, ethnicity, beliefs, practices, customs, tradition, et cetera. This knowledge, awareness and understanding about others may be helpful or useful to us in the future. Even though, we can acquire this knowledge, awareness and understanding just by surfing the internet or reading a book, we can make the effort to ask the people living in our community our questions, deepening our understanding, awareness and knowledge about them and at the same time bonding with them. Sometimes, the internet or book may not have all of the answers to our questions and
He wants to demonstrate that the contemporary privileging of the secular state is problematic by pointing out the dangers of an inclusivist approach as well as the vapidity of multiculturalism with its empty desire to respect differences whilst not living them out to the full. Serious understanding of inter-religious encounters is vital to make an intercultural dialogue proper. It is necessary for us to combine the linguistic form with the specific context of the utterance in order to determine the full meaning of an utterance.
Antagonism can be defined as active hostility or opposition. India has a long tradition of religious tension. One of the most significant sustained religious conflicts has been between the Hindus and Muslims. This essay will focus on the causes of the Hindu-Muslim antagonism, and will at same time assess the quote of Sir S.A Khan.