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ERIC Number: EJ1195132
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: N/A
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0024-1822
A Nation under Two Flags: Liberal Education, Interfaith Literacy, and the New American Holy War
Patel, Eboo
Liberal Education, v104 n3 Sum 2018
New religious diversity of the late 20th and early 21st centuries requires Americans to move from the idea of a Judeo-Christian America to that of an Interfaith America. This article notes that a big part of America's current problem is how it has sacralized its tribal divide, with tribalism in today's America taking a particularly dangerous turn. Increasingly, America is a nation living under two flags: one America flies the Flag of Christian Identity, and the other the Flag of Marginalized Minorities. The article suggests that an important part of the solution is a different way of thinking about religion, diversity, and the nation. Liberal education is in a prime position to lead an effort toward an interfaith literacy that can offer reconciliation and justice to a divided nation. Interfaith literacy must be woven into the core components of campus life, from first-year orientation to general education, from service-learning projects to diversity programs. It should be an essential part of the college experience and part of the definition of being an educated person.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Opinion Papers
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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