Protestant- Catholic-Jew, Then and Now

Schultz, Kevin M.
January 2006
First Things: A Monthly Journal of Religion & Public Life;Jan2006, Issue 159, p23
The article analyzes writer Will Herberg's critique of pluralism in his book "Protestant-Catholic-Jew." His ideas on the importance of group identities, his description of American social life as consisting of three distinct parts, one Protestant, one Catholic, one Jewish, are still weighty. He suggests the concept of triple melting pot for the U.S. However, religious divisions between Protestants, Catholics and Jews have been very rigid. This is apparent in the practice of endogamy. The book is a trailblazer in introducing multiculturalism. Herberg suggests a middle course existing between assimilation and particularism.


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