Here in the United States, we have the First Amendment to guarantee “free exercise” of religion. That right to practice religion, added to the traditional image of America as a “melting pot,” tallies up to the assumption that the American religious culture is diverse.
But new evidence changes this perception of American culture.
Pew Research Center reports that the “U.S. doesn’t rank high in religious diversity.”
The study measures the world populations who practice mainstream religions of Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Folk, Unaffiliated, and other.
Singapore was discovered to be the most diverse religiously. Taiwan, Vietnam, and Suriname follow. The report said, that 95% of American’s fall in two categories: Christian or unaffiliated.
Basically, the U.S. ranks 68th in religious diversity, out of 232 countries. In other words, the U.S. is not diverse as defined by unique religions. We are a bunch of Christians who hold a diverse set of beliefs.
The common notion that accepts Americans as religiously diverse is probably perpetuated by Christians ourselves.
Which is understandable. If your Christianity is being attacked by another Christian, as not in line with Jesus Christ, you don’t take the time to admire the accuser’s beliefs that are similar to yours.
But then, life experience teaches us that intolerance breeds hatred and ignorance and isolation, so we try to hold our tongues.
Moreover, we can open our eyes for a new view of diversity.
The diversity within Christianity stays the human ego from accumulating in numbers and becoming a tyrant.
The diversity within Christianity shows our potential and ability to embrace one another, be grateful for one another, and heal our prejudices and apathy.
The diversity within Christianity expresses the flexibility and charity of said religion.