Modern societies are said to be characterized by deep diversity and cultural pluralism .
The old liberal pluralism holds that each of us has rights as an individual: this is the idea that has animated social progress for generations.
From this standpoint, religion is a good thing as long as it embraces pluralism and tolerates moral ambiguity, but intense and exclusive forms of religion are a menace to the free society.
The crisis raises serious questions of the ethics of democratic co-existence and religious pluralism vis-a-vis the state.
The mushrooming of political parties, syndicates, and newspapers signals a nascent political pluralism upon which democracy can be built.
Postmodernist beliefs therefore tend to a multiculturalist pluralism and relativism.
Traditionally, of course, pluralism in religious matters was deemed a sign of impiety and indifference to God's truth.
There is also a growing freedom of expression, pluralism and a free press which is much wider than it was a few years ago.
Second is the value and strength of pluralism , based on a concept of legitimate difference.
Instead, pluralism sees many minorities vying with one another in different policy areas.