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American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century$
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Martin Halliwell and Catherine Morley

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748626014

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.001.0001

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Religion in Post-Secular America

Religion in Post-Secular America

Chapter:
(p.127) 8. Religion in Post-Secular America
Source:
American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century
Author(s):

Wilfred M. Mcclay

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748626014.003.0009

This chapter focuses on the tensions between secularism and a resurgence of religious belief and practice in post-9/11 United States. Arguing that religion’s new lease of life stems from the inadequacy of other alternatives, the author, Wilfred M. McClay, considers the role of religion in upholding human dignity and moral order in a postmodern world. With reference to a range of religious practices and denominations, the chapter goes on to consider key religious questions relating to 9/11, connections and tensions between church and state, the role of civil religion, and the re-emergence of political and denominational divisions that resist neat alignments. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the future of post-secular America, warning against wholesale investment in either inevitable secularism or religious restoration.

Keywords:   Civil Religion, Securalism, Post-Secular, 9/11, Moral order, Church and State

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