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Japheth’s World: the rise of secularism and the revival of religion today

Glendinning, Simon (2009) Japheth’s World: the rise of secularism and the revival of religion today. European Legacy, 14 (4). pp. 409-426. ISSN 1084-8770

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Identification Number: 10.1080/10848770902999500


This essay explores what it means to say that we live today in “a secular age.” A distinction between two kinds of secularism is introduced and the proposal is made that the secularity that characterises our age belongs to a distinctively Graeco-Christian heritage. This proposal is elaborated and developed in the context of the Nietzschean pronouncement of the death of God and against the background of the decline in theodicial conceptions of history. However, rather than see these issues as connected to a growing nihilism in European society or in terms of a movement towards a widespread atheism, they are interpreted, in many respects optimistically, in terms of the awakening and ongoing movement of a distinctively democratic desire.

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Additional Information: © 2009 Routledge
Divisions: European Institute
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > B Philosophy (General)
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Date Deposited: 23 Mar 2011 14:37
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2024 22:15

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