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The Family Action Network presents Eboo Patel, discussing his new book, Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise.
America is the most religiously devout country in the Western world and the most religiously diverse nation on the planet. In today's volatile climate of religious conflict, prejudice, and distrust, how do we affirm the principle that the American promise is deeply intertwined with how each of us engages with people of different faiths and beliefs? Eboo Patel, former faith adviser to Barack Obama and named one of America's best leaders by U.S. News & World Report, provides answers to this timely and consequential question.
In this inspiring and thought-provoking book, Patel draws on his personal experience as a Muslim in America to examine broader questions about the importance of religious diversity in the cultural, political, and economic life of the nation. He explores how religious language has given the United States some of its most enduring symbols and inspired many of its most vital civic institutions--and demonstrates how the genius of the American experiment lies in its empowerment of people of all creeds, ethnicities, and convictions.
"In this brilliant book, an ardent Muslim American documents our long American commitment to religious pluralism--from Jefferson, Franklin, and Washington to Barack Obama--and asks what it will take for this bold experiment to thrive as we become more diverse than ever. Essential reading for today's citizens." --Diana Eck, professor of religion, Harvard University, and director of the Pluralism Project
"Eboo Patel is a visionary figure in America's struggle with pluralism, religious and otherwise, and has been a tireless force for meaningful change on college campuses. With this book, we experience the sweep of his intellect and perspective. This is a field guide to the critical territory we have traversed in this eventful, young century, and to the path that lies before us if we are to rise to our promise as a nation." --Krista Tippett, founder and CEO of the On Being Project
Eboo Patel is founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core, a nonprofit organization that promotes interfaith leadership on college campuses. He is the author ofInterfaith Leadership: A Primer; Sacred Ground: Pluralism, Prejudice, and the Promise of America; and Acts of Faith: The Story of an American Muslim, the Struggle for the Soul of a Generation. He lives in Chicago.
A timely defense of religious diversity and its centrality to American identity