- Religion and the myths of secularization and separation
- RELIGARE Working Paper
- Number of pages
- Document type
- Working paper
- Faculty of Social and Behavioural Sciences (FMG)
- Amsterdam Institute for Social Science Research (AISSR)
This paper discusses the difficulties we encounter in working out with care and detail - in conditions
of extensive religious diversity - a concept of religion that is not biased towards „Western‟, Christian
or Abrahamic religions. Yet, it also tries to show that we need such a concept for practical and
scientific purposes. With the aim of ending the unhappy marriage between „modern‟ sociology and a
predominant political philosophy that has uncritically legitimized the „secularization of societies‟ and
a pretended „secular state‟/politics, the paper discusses whether it is possible to develop critical
concepts of „the secular‟ and of „secularization‟ that are free from their Western, Christian and
Protestant bias. It intends to show that only polycontextual and perspectivist concepts can achieve this and what such critical concepts look like.
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