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Atchley, J. Heath, 1973-
Encountering the secular : philosophical endeavors in religion and culture / J. Heath Atchley
Charlottesville : University of Virginia Press, 2009
book jacket
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 3rd Floor  BL2747.8 .A78 2009    AVAILABLE
Subject(s) Secularism
Religion -- Philosophy
Culture -- Philosophy
Physical Description x, 181 p. ; 22 cm
Note Includes bibliographical references (p. [165]-178) and index
Contents Prologue: Encounter -- Confrontation -- Silence -- Mourning -- Presence -- Enlightenment -- Disturbance -- Practice -- Event -- Epilogue: Endeavor
Summary The author challenges the breach between the secular and the religious, rendering that breach ambiguous. Such ambiguity, the author affirms, is relevant to a time when rigid and simplistic notions of religion and secularity are used to justify thoughtlessness and even violence. All too often the secular is thought of either as a triumph in "overcoming" the presumed irrationality and oppression of religion, or as lament in "losing" the meaning religion is thought once to have offered. Atchley suggests a view of the secular as an opportunity to experience an immanent value that is neither controlled by the human self nor conferred by a divine entity
Series Studies in religion and culture (Charlottesville, Va.)

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