two sentence tuesday

Something I’ve discovered recently out there in the Internets is Two Sentence Tuesday; i.e., two senteces from something I’m reading and two sentences from something I’m writing. So, without further ado and without too much commentary, here are two sentences from Religion and Globalization, a text book I’m using in my course this term on Buddhism and globalization:

In our postmodern world every religious person becomes a heretic, that is, one who is not just born into his or her identity but is forced to choose it, even if it is the identity offered by the circumstances of one’s birth. According to Peter Berger, this modern task of self-consciously choosing one’s religious adherence in the face of diversity was first worked out with the emergence of modernity during the Protestant Reformation when Catholic universality was shattered and Christianity splintered into a myriad of diverse denominations.

And from a soon-to-be-published book review by yours truly:

Coleman’s analysis of white American Buddhists is perfectly on point; his comparison of them to Asian American Buddhists is not. As his fieldwork was conducted exclusively among white communities, his statements about Asian communities amount to anecdotes of exactly the sort Numrich cautions against (“the plural of anecdote is not data”).