Religious pluralism; Religion and sociology; United States
Courtney Bender (Religious Studies, Columbia University) explores how changes in our understanding of pluralism have affected the way in which we think about the nature of religion in modern society. Tracing the history of philosophical and sociological approaches to pluralism, Professor Bender argues that the contemporary American approach to religious pluralism is closely aligned with economic theory, making free religion look and work very much the free market. Her rich talk called on the audience to think more closely about the relationship of religion and other dimensions of social life, in particular drawing evocative connections between liberal political theory, religion, and economic thought.
Bender, Courtney, "The Power of Pluralist Thinking: Why the Idea of Religious Freedom Persists" (2012). Osgoode Colloquium on Law, Religion & Social Thought. 4.