Americans have become accustomed to picking and choosing among
various religious traditions and practices, selecting whatever is most
useful, meaningful or intriguing at the moment. While such
cafeteria-style religion is frequently criticized as superficial, it is
common in a pluralistic culture with a wide-open religious marketplace. A
person may occasionally attend a Christian church but also find meaning
in yoga and in forms of meditation inspired by Eastern traditions—and
enjoy attending a Seder at Passover. None of this seems extraordinary.
some people have taken religious pluralism in a deeper and more radical
direction. They have embraced two distinct religious traditions and
have tried to be faithful to both at the same time. This is a demanding
and in some ways confounding path—hardly a cafeteria-style spirituality.
If, as John Dunne says in The Way of All the Earth, religious pluralism is the great spiritual adventure of our time, these people are the frontline explorers.