Postsecular Society

Postsecular society is the term coined in an effort to describe the current moment in Western countries wherein secularization is the settled empirical reality and yet, at the same time, religion still has a meaningful place in individual lives, institutional practices, and public culture. The prefix post- thus means that secular society not only has to acknowledge and adjust to the unevenness of secularization and the continuing persistence of religion, but it must also find new ways with which to engage in dialogue with religious actors. Most closely associated with the German social theorist Jürgen Habermas, the construct is anchored in a normative or values-related interest, namely, whether moderate religious ethics and ideas can be drawn upon to help steer contemporary society to reframe and ...

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