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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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Secular by Default?

Secular by Default?

Religion and the University before the Post-Secular Age

(p.185) Chapter Eight Secular by Default?
The Post-Secular in Question

Tomoko Masuzawa

NYU Press

This chapter explores the state of religion and the university prior to the advent of the post-secular age in order to better understand the intricate history that produced the present regime of the secular academy. It explains how the regime of church-and-state separation has been developed and instituted in an intricate relation to what might be called the regime of “church and school separation.” It argues that the secularity of the academy cannot be considered as either a natural precondition for the mission of the institution devoted to scientific inquiry or its after effect; rather, the academy as we know it has been deeply entangled in the production of the secular, in a relation that is both instrumental and symbiotic.

Keywords:   religion, university, post-secular, secular academy, church-and-state separation, church and school separation, secularity, secular

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