Diverse Views of Religious Pluralism: Implications for the Military Chaplaincy
DEFENSE EQUAL OPPORTUNITY MANAGEMENT INST PATRICK AFB FL
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This paper examines the challenge religious pluralism poses for military chaplains and the chaplaincy. Among religious scholars and theologians there is an on-going debate about the meaning of pluralism. The dialogue suggests the interpretation of religious pluralism depends upon personal religious beliefs and how the meaning of religion is framed. The implication is that the interpretation of religious pluralism may influence how religious diversity is embraced and how religious accommodation is achieved. Drawing from literature on religious pluralism and intergroup behavior, along with input from several military chaplains, a conceptual analysis is presented that explores how distinctive views of religious pluralism within the chaplaincy may influence the attitudes and behaviors of military chaplains and the strategic direction of the chaplaincy organization.
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