“Modernity’s Impact: Monotheistic Faith and Cultural Pluralism”

Modernity and urbanization have transformed the relationship of different cultures and religions by tempering the otherness of the “other.” Individuals are now judged as individuals rather than as a member of a particular group. A consequence of this shift has been a weakening of religious faith, practice, and identity. Modernity and the resulting proximity of members of different faiths living side by side marks a willingness to waive the religious foundation that once defined our identities. Cultural pluralism enables diverse communities to appreciate the uniqueness of other faiths while at the same time created a new cultural reality in partnership.