Starting the topic of religious Pluralism, Professor Diana Eck talks about reaching our comfort zones by first acknowledging our differences and building communications and bridges through our differences rather than trying to find common denominators. Eck believes pluralism begins with difference. She continues to point out the realization of impact on modern-day migration and the revolution of communication. America is in large part a country of migration starting from the first pilgrims and puritans all the way to modern-day Muslims Americans. Virtual communications have transformed the reality of religion in the world to the point where the real divide is the digital divide, so globalization does have its own exclusions. Refining religious awareness of our interbeing is one of our great religious tasks. We all live in the power-field of the other. Although it is becoming harder to learn about other religions we must focus our efforts on doing so. This conversation is one that pertains to not only scholars of religion, but citizens of countries as well. Dr. Eck finishes by stating that it is good that we are able to have this conversation of religious differences within globalization with different people from Nigeria, China, Australia, and New Zealand because we can really learn from each other and the energy’s that we bring together.
Prof. Simeon Ilesanmi from Wake Forrest University of Nigerian decent focuses on religious pluralism being rich in Africa due to, not only its history, but by its modern understandings as well. He later continues speaking of the religious consciousness that exists in Africa.
Prof. Mike Grimshaw talks about how where he comes from is very secular and how studying religion is something to be embarrassed about. In a pluralistic world we have not in common a religion, it’s a secular. Being human takes presidents over all other claims of identity and difference. Everybody matters and there are different local ways of being human.
It is interesting how pluralism and globalization differ so much through different cultures, nations, and religions.
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