Paul Spickard argues that multiculturalism is not an option: it is a fact of American history at the end of the twentieth century. He deconstructs some myths set forth by antimulticulturalists and contends that a multicultural agenda and practice are reasonable responses to a world of increasing multiplicity and interconnectedness. He offers a model by which Christians may learn from worldviews that are different from their own, without losing their gospel distinctiveness. Finally, he describes several important lessons that Christians and other Americans can learn from a multiculturalist view of the world---about knowledge, about canons of excellence, and about how to create a civil society. Spickard is Director of Research at the Institute for Polynesian Studies near Honolulu.