America has outgrown its ‘Judeo-Christian’ label. What’s next? | Eboo Patel

June 27th, 2019

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Give yourself the gift of knowledge — subscribe to Big Think Edge: At one point, America needed to be called a Judeo-Christian nation. Now, with growing populations of Muslims, Evangelicals, Sikhs, Atheists, and other faiths, what should America call itself next? - America wasn't always known as Judeo-Christian nation. Rather, it used to be considered a Protestant nation. - As Jews and Catholics began to represent a larger share of the nation, activists realized that America needed to reinvent itself if the voices of these growing groups were to be heard. In this way, the "Judeo-Christian" label was conceived. Today, that label doesn't quite fit anymore. What does? *The opinions expressed in this video do not necessarily reflect the views of the Charles Koch Foundation, which encourages the expression of diverse viewpoints within a culture of civil discourse and mutual respect. Eboo Patel is the founder and president of Interfaith Youth Core (IFYC), a national nonprofit working to make interfaith cooperation a social norm. He is the author of the books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, Interfaith Leadership and Out of Many Faiths. ( Eboo holds a doctorate in the sociology of religion from Oxford University, where he studied on a Rhodes scholarship. Out of Many Faiths: Religious Diversity and the American Promise If you're interested in licensing this or any other Big Think clip for commercial or private use, contact our licensing partner Executive Interviews: : Read more at Follow Big Think here: YouTube: Facebook: Twitter: