Pluralisms With a Big "S": The American Versions

June 26, 2012

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Martin E. Marty

America is a country increasingly defined by its diversity. We are religiously, culturally, ethnically, and racially pluralistic, composed of many different parts and interests. But what do we mean when we talk about America’s many “pluralisms”? Sometimes it is equated with “manyness” or “diversity,” but more is involved than those words connote. Listen in as Professor Martin E. Marty explores ways of understanding, interpreting, and teaching the varieties of phenomena we have in mind when we talk about America’s civil and religious “pluralism.”

Martin E. Marty is the Fairfax M. Cone Distinguished Service Professor Emeritus at the University of Chicago.
Prof. Marty’s lecture is a part of the Dr. William M. Scholl Center’s ongoing National Endowment for the Humanities’ Bridging Cultures at Community Colleges program, “Out of Many: Religious Pluralism in America.” For more information, please contact
Recorded Tuesday, June 26, 2012 at The Newberry Library.