Beyond Tolerance by Gustav Niebuhr
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A bracing rejoinder both to religious fanaticism and to recent books decrying religion

The United States is the most religiously diverse nation in the world and the most religiously diverse collection of people in history. And even in this age of increasing religious violence, there is a growing movement of cooperation: thousands of devout worshippers who are willing to take a gamble on people of radically different faiths.

In this insightful, deeply felt examination of the nature of community and religion, former New York Times religion reporter Gustav Niebuhr traces the roots of religious freedom in America and the setbacks and triumphs it has encountered along the way. From Hindus and Quakers in Queens to Catholics and Jews in Baltimore, to black Baptists and Catholics in Louisville, to Catholics and Buddhists in Los Angeles, Niebuhr focuses on the ways people build ties between groups. He looks at why this movement is a particularly American endeavor and how it can save us all. Beyond Tolerance is a handbook for religious cooperation in our fractured times.

About Gustav Niebuhr

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Gustav Niebuhr is the former religion reporter for The New York Times and an associate professor at Syracuse University. He has written for The Washington Post, The Wall Street Journal, and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He is a frequent commentator on NPR’s All Things Considered.
Published January 1, 2008 by Viking/QPB. 1 Paperback(s). 256 pages
Genres: History, Religion & Spirituality, Education & Reference, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Instead, he argues on behalf of dialogue, an exercise that “provide[s] the glue that nourishes social relationships.” Though dialogue in which ideas and points of view are shared is a good thing, the author is particularly enthusiastic about dialogue that leads to concrete action.

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Roosevelt reminded two non-Protestant members of his administration, “and the Catholics and the Jews are here on sufferance.” Skip to next paragraph Stephen Satori Gustav Niebuhr Searching for Interfaith Understanding in America By Gustav Niebuhr 218 pp.

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In this study, he profiles some contemporary pioneers of interfaith work including Bishop Swing and his United Religious Initiative, Eboo Patel's Interfaith Youth Corps, and the Catholic organized Festival of Faiths in Louisville, Kentucky.

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