Rethinking Secularism

Rethinking Secularism

Jonathan VanAntwerpen

This selection of essays offers groundbreaking paintings from an interdisciplinary team of major theorists and students representing the fields of historical past, philosophy, political technology, sociology, and anthropology. the amount will introduce readers to a couple of the main compelling new conceptual and theoretical understandings of secularism and the secular, whereas additionally analyzing socio-political tendencies concerning the connection among the spiritual and the secular from quite a few destinations around the globe.

In contemporary a long time, the general public has turn into more and more conscious of the $64000 function non secular commitments play within the cultural, social, and political dynamics of family and global affairs. This so referred to as ''resurgence'' of faith within the public sphere has elicited a wide range of responses, together with vehement competition to the very concept that non secular purposes should still ever have a correct to expression in public political debate. the present worldwide panorama forces students to reassess not just as soon as most important understandings of secularization, but in addition the definition and implications of secular assumptions and secularist positions. The inspiration that there's no singular secularism, yet quite more than a few a number of secularisms, is one of the rising efforts to reconceptualize the meanings of faith and the secular.

Rethinking Secularism surveys those efforts and is helping to reframe discussions of faith within the social sciences through drawing recognition to the important factor of the way ''the secular'' is constituted and understood. It offers invaluable perception into how new understandings of secularism and faith form analytic views within the social sciences, politics, and overseas affairs.

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