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The Post-Secular in QuestionReligion in Contemporary Society$
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Philip Gorski, David Kyuman Kim, John Torpey, and Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780814738726

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814738726.001.0001

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The Post-Secular in Question

The Post-Secular in Question

(p.1) Chapter One The Post-Secular in Question
The Post-Secular in Question

Philip S. Gorski

David Kyuman Kim

John Torpey

Jonathan VanAntwerpen

NYU Press

This book explores the question of whether we are living in a post-secular world by focusing on the state of religiosity in the world and religion's place in the social sciences and beyond. In the context of claims about religious resurgence, this book examines the legacies of secularism and secularization theory, the contested categories of religion and the secular, and the diverse claims associated with the concept of the post-secular. This introductory chapter provides an overview of the shifting patterns of scholarly attention to religion, along with the link between the religious and the secular. It also discusses the history of philosophical and social scientific understandings of religion and disciplinary differences in the study of religion. Finally, it looks at the future prospects for the social scientific study of religion.

Keywords:   post-secular, religiosity, social sciences, religion, religious resurgence, secularism, secularization

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