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The tradition of constructivism.
Bann, Steven, compiler.
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Publication Information:
New York : Viking Press [1974]
Physical Description:
xlix, 334 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.

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N6494.C64 B36 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Gustav Niebuhr - grandson of renowned religious thinker Reinhold Niebuhr, and grandnephew of renowned ethicist Helmut Reinhold Niebuhr - a former New York Times Religion reporter takes the reader on a hopeful journey through America's religious heartland, shining a light on the multitude of congregations that are reaching across theological boundaries not with tolerance, but with respect.

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Publisher's Weekly Review

Niebuhr, the former religion reporter for the New York Times, is now a professor at Syracuse University. This makes his book immensely valuable: he has the careful scholarship of an academic, but the communication expertise of a journalist skilled at getting to the personal heart of a story. Not long after 9/11, Niebuhr set out to find and tell the largely untold stories of those who are involved in interreligious dialogue: why do they do it? what do they gain from it? what do they risk? True dialogue, as the title claims, means moving "beyond tolerance," approaching other religious traditions with a desire to learn and, perhaps more important, to make friends. Niebuhr tells memorable stories of people reaching across religious lines, from a group of Cape Cod Congregationalists who gave a Jewish community a historic building, some land and some money to create a synagogue to the energetic individuals who founded Louisville's famous Festival of Faiths. Niebuhr beautifully honors the commitment and care shown by those working on the front lines of interreligious understanding. (Aug. 4) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

Hard times make hard religions. In this post-9/11 era, we witness an America drawing lines between the religious "us" and the religious "them" and are inundated with news reports of increased bigotry and intolerance. But there is hope, Niebuhr (religion, Syracuse Univ.), a former religion reporter for the New York Times, here writes. In this wide-ranging account of his personal journey through the religious landscape of America, Niebuhr compellingly argues that hard times can also be fertile ground for people of faith to increase their tolerance for others espousing contradictory/conflicting religious beliefs as well as to go "beyond tolerance"--i.e., to transcend these differences and, together with people of other faiths, embrace the major themes advocated by all religions: compassion, love, justice, and freedom. Niebuhr brings his reporter's eye for detail to this work, which he populates with people and organizations who strive to find religious meaning in our diverse lives. This is no dry, academic exposition. Written for a general audience, it is also valuable for scholars wishing to see an America many might have thought was calcifying into an insular continent, worshipping hard gods or God. Recommended for public and theological libraries.--Glenn Masuchika, Pennsylvania State Univ. Lib., University Park (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. ix
Introduction: On Doubt and Conversionp. xv
1 Under the Pillar of Smokep. 1
2 Beyond Tolerationp. 36
3 An Idea Revived for the Battlefieldp. 60
4 Hospitalityp. 85
5 An Era of Conversationp. 123
6 Gatekeepersp. 160
Conclusion: Words over Bulletsp. 184
Acknowledgmentsp. 197
Notesp. 198
Bibliographyp. 208
Indexp. 213