American Religious Diversity and Dialogue
There is limited research on how to promote effective religious dialogue in America. Given the prevalence of prejudicial feelings between religious groups and the current global political milieu, this is an important area of social justice and multicultural research that cannot be ignored. Barriers to the development of dialogue will be discussed; such as historical attitudes towards religion in psychology and the limited scope of Contact Theory. I will also explore relevant research on intergroup contact and its application to religious dialogue in America. Finally, relevant critiques of research and group strategies will be addressed and I will suggest avenues for future study.