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August 2, 2002

All tomorrow’s paracletes Peter Steinfels knows how to sell to the marketplace of ideas:
Those who study, articulate or propound the beliefs and practices by which most of humanity tries to place itself in relationship with the transcendent should […] simply drop that old-fashioned word “religion.” What they are about, they should announce, is “postsecularism.”

Doesn’t distinguished professor of religion sound more than a little musty, while distinguished professor of postsecularism has the zing of the new?

The university that now balks at having a department of religious studies would probably rush to establish a department of postsecular studies. In addition, the foundations that are notoriously shy about supporting things religious would probably rush to finance research in postsecularism. […]

Religious art, sacred music, even Christian rock all carry the aroma of piety. They are tastes for the proper and the conventional. Postsecular art, on the other hand, or postsecular music—now one is talking downtown galleries, the Guggenheim and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.

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Christopher Hatton ::: (view all by) ::: August 03, 2002, 08:07 AM:

Hey, this is funny.

But...it could work. I'm gonna try it.

David Moles ::: (view all by) ::: August 05, 2002, 01:04 PM:

The best thing about it is that nobody knows what it means. So even an atheist like me can claim to be postsecular. (Like, one more rant about how Science is the Light of Reason held up against the Superstitious Darkness of Religion, and I'm going to hit someone over the head with my copy of Gould's Structure of Evolutionary Theory.) I like it. I'm going with it.