When a colonizing religion moves into an area it is inevitably shaped by the natives. It usually turns into a hybrid version of the colonized and colonizers religion. Sometimes, to the point that it creates something altogether uniqur
Evangelical Christianity has some dirty words. Words like Liberalism, universalism and pluralism are used to restrict the deconstruction-reconstruction cycle. We use these words as boogey-men so that we can quickly write off anyone associated with them (farewell, Rob Bell!). They discourage growth into these areas by clearly marking the boundary of "orthodoxy". I'm sure other faith traditions have their own versions of this, too.
But, they aren't that bad.
Google tells me that pluralism means a number of similar things, depend
First, it defines pluralism as:
a condition or system in which two or more states, groups, principles, sources of authority, etc., coexist.
And then it gives some examples:
a form of society in which the members of minority groups maintain their independent cultural traditions.
That fits us, we're all about maintaining cultural traditions. We're more of a mosaic than a melting pot. Google continues:
a political theory or system of power-sharing among a number of political parties.
a theory or system of devolution and autonomy for individual bodies in preference to monolithic state control.
We support political diversity and avoid identity politics. We are libertarians when a system of equality can be supported by such.
And now, pluralism as a philosophical idea:
a theory or system that recognizes more than one ultimate principle.
Ah, this is the heart of it. We recognize that there is probably more than one ultimate ideal. If there isn't than we certainly can't articulate that ideal properly by ourselves, within our own tradition's echo chamber.
So, we are a group of people committed to the ideals of pluralism is religion, politics, philosophy and everyday life.