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Secularisations and Their Debates

Perspectives on the Return of Religion in the Contemporary West

Sharpe, Matthew, Nickelson, Dylan (Eds.)

2014, VI, 235 p.

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  • Leading Australasian philosophers of religion take up and advance the current debates about secularisation and religion
  • Explores extremely timely topics in contemporary political and social debates: the new atheisms, political theology, and the impact of new scientific developments on traditional religions
  • Particular focus on radical criticisms of modern secular liberal societies in the thought of Charles Taylor and the Radical Orthodoxy school of theology

This volume explores timely topics in contemporary political and social debates, including: the new atheisms, the debate between Habermas and the Pope on the fate of modernity, and the impact of new scientific developments on traditional religions.

This book collects articles first presented at the Deakin University "World in Crisis" workshop, held November 2010 by leading Australasian philosophers and theologians. It addresses questions raised by the recent, much-touted return to religion, including possible reasons for the return and its practical, political, and intellectual prospects.

Secularisation and Their Debates is not afraid to provide answers to such questions as:

  • Is religion only ever a force of political reaction in modernity, or are there resources in it which progressive, even secular social movements, could engage with or adopt? 
  • Are the new atheisms, or on the opposite side, the new fundamentalisms, really novel phenomena, or has religion only ever been artificially sidelined in the modern Western states?
  • Has modern liberalism only really been kidding itself about its non-doctrinal neutrality between different faiths, and if so, what should follow?

This book will appeal to researchers in the philosophy of religion, social sciences, political philosophy, and anthropology.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Charles Taylor - God’s otherness - Hegelo-Kojève end of history - Juergen Habermas - Karen Armstrong - Radical Orthodoxy - church and state - liberal secularism - negative theology - new atheism - post-secular - relationship religion secularism - return of religion - science and religion - secular society - secularisation

Related subjects » Anthropology & Archaeology - Philosophical Traditions - Political Science - Religious Studies - Social Sciences

Table of contents 

1. Introduction: Secularization and its Discontents.- M. Sharpe, D. Nickelson.- 2. Disenchantments of secularism: the West and India, P. Bilimoria.- 3. Locke, secularism and the justice of the secular solution: towards a self-reflective transcending of secular-self understanding, P.A. Quadrio.- 4. Marx and the Christian logic of the secular state, R.  Boer.- 5. Spirit matters: Life after secularism and religion? J. Rossouw.- 6. Counter-secularism: parsing the theological cure for our modern malady, D. Nickelson.- 7. ‘In the Beginning Was ... the Story’? On Secularisation, Narrative, and Nominalisms, M. Sharpe.- 8. Enjoy your Enlightenment! New Atheism, fanaticism and the joys of other people’s illusions, B. Cooke.- 9. Against fundamentalism: The silence of the Divine in the work of Karen Armstrong, P. Brown.- 10. Secularism stuck in the End-Times: From Alexandre Kojève to the recent Messianic Turn, R. Jeffs.- 11. Charles Taylor’s search for transcendence: mystery, suffering, violence, J. Rundell.- 12. Towards post-secular Enlightenment, W. Hudson.

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