The Two Pluralisms: Toward a New Paradigm on Modernity & Religion

9:00 am on Friday, April 10, 2015
5:00 pm on Friday, April 10, 2015
Contact Name:
Arlene Brennan
From Peter Berger, CURA Senior Research Fellow: A new paradigm for the understanding of the relation between modernity and religion can be very succinctly stated: Contrary to the still widespread view, from the Pope down to the New Atheists, our age is not one of secularity, but of pluralism – the co-existence of different religious communities in the same society, as well as the relation of these communities to a secular discourse that necessarily dominates in important sectors of a modern society. The two pluralisms have enormous consequences for individual faith, for religious institutions, and for the state. Under a grant from the Bradley Foundation, CURA has conducted several workshops on the phenomenon of pluralism. The public launch of the new paradigm will be at Boston University, where it was originally hatched. This event is funded with a generous grant from the Templeton Foundation. My book on this subject, The Many Altars of Modernity: Toward a New Paradigm for Religion in a Pluralist Age, was published in September 2014.