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"The Best Thing About Religion Is That It Makes For Heretics"

Where have we arrived?

That’s the question that comes to mind, after already having written six entries on the issue of secularization (and religion). Perhaps it’s better to ask, Where have… 1,719 more words

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It Could Be Otherwise

Sometimes I feel very stupid. Or perhaps foolish is a better word. I felt this way at a certain point in reading Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. 1,148 more words

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Conjectural Groping

It’s easy, when it comes to “secularization,” to get caught up in a neat narrative. Obviously this is one of the pitfalls of “theory.” If there is a historical progression, and this progression is not inevitable or aimed in some predetermined direction, it still seems reasonable to say that it possesses a logic of… 1,332 more words

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A New Ambiguity

Christianity is unnecessary. I keep trying to remember that. It’s silly to think that Christianity was somehow historically inevitable. It may seem that way looking back, two thousand years hence, and perhaps it’s useful to… 791 more words

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And So Now What?

I’m reading Karen Armstrong’s The Great Transformation: The Beginning of Our Religious Traditions, to help me better understand what are called axial religions. Already, beginning as she does with more so-called primitive religions, I’m getting the picture of how God or the gods or deities or spirits could actually be embedded in daily life, existing in objects, and so rendering our distinction between higher and lower, transcendent and immanent, largely beside the point. 865 more words

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Misguided

In the public arena, there’s been on ongoing battle between atheists (Dawkins, Harris, Hitchens, Dennett) and those who support some form of religiosity or a belief in a higher being (ranging from hardcore evangelicals to new-age spiritualists). 696 more words

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Curiosity

I’ve been reading Stathis Gourgouris’s “Lessons in Secular Criticism” and finding myself annoyed. Or at least realizing what matters to me most. Gourgouris’s book is a diatribe against recent developments in theories of the secular, which he considers politically retrograde (i.e., conservative in spirit, and certainly so in terms of their implications). 289 more words

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