The Paradox of Religious Pluralism Randall Balmer
Balmer subtitles his essay “The Paradox of Religious Pluralism.” Why dies he characterize religious pluralism as a paradox? How does the idea of paradox structure the essay?
Balmer writes in a professional academic style. What are the hallmarks of this style? What might be its advantages or limitations?
Balmer holds that American religion has historically protected the state from political unrest by serving as a “safety valve for social discontent” (paragraph 20). Test this assertion against an example or examples from your own experience. Do you see religion working in this way? Write a response either agreeing or disagreeing with Balmer’s “safety valve” theory.