Wednesday, December 04, 2013

A Hindu Monk and a Baptist Preacher got married...

by Jeff Gissing
November 29, 2013

Rev. J. Dana Trent and husband Fred Eaker (photo credit: Saffron Cross)

About one in four Americans (27%) is intentionally sharing their married life with someone whose religious belief system is different from their own.[1] If difference within traditions like Protestantism is included, the number jumps to 37%.[2] This emerging trend is consistent with the generally agreed-upon trajectory of our culture. We are moving into a period of intense plurality. Difference-in all its forms-is pushing its way into the lives, churches, schools, and neighborhoods of Americans.

As people face these new experiences they often look for resources to help them navigate their new reality. This has produced what the Huffington Post calls a "mini-boom of guides to interfaith marriage and family." A case in point is J. Dana Trent's recently released book, Saffron Cross: The Unlikely Story of How a Christian Minister Married a Hindu Monk.

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