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The Faith Next DoorAmerican Christians and Their New Religious Neighbors$
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Paul D. Numrich

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195386219

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195386219.001.0001

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More Hindus and Others Come to Town

More Hindus and Others Come to Town

(p.142) ELEVEN More Hindus and Others Come to Town
The Faith Next Door

Paul D. Numrich

Oxford University Press

This chapter updates the story in chapter 1 by exploring the increasing religious diversity of the blue-collar city featured there and revisiting the principal churches involved in the 1985 debate over a new Hindu temple to see where they stand today. Two pastors are featured: a United Church of Christ pastor, who considers religious diversity an opportunity for dialogue and mutual understanding, and the pastor of a “seeker sensitive” church affiliated with the Willow Creek Association, who interprets religious diversity as a sign of both spiritual warfare and potential harvest for the Gospel. Both see opportunity in a multireligious America but define it in very different ways.

Keywords:   Hindu, Hindu temple, religious diversity, United Church of Christ, dialogue, seeker sensitive, Willow Creek Association, spiritual warfare, Gospel, multireligious America

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