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What Matters?Ethnographies of Value in a Not So Secular Age$
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Courtney Bender and Ann Taves

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780231156851

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.001.0001

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Religious and Secular, “Spiritual” and “Physical” in Ghana

Religious and Secular, “Spiritual” and “Physical” in Ghana

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(p.86) Religious and Secular, “Spiritual” and “Physical” in Ghana
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Birgit Meyer

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Columbia University Press
DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231156851.003.0004

This chapter discusses modern scholarly studies concerning religion, in relation to Charles Taylor's work, A Secular Age. Over the past decade, scholarly inquiry about contemporary religion has focused on the mutual constitution and interaction of the religious and secular that underpins both the ideology of secularism and modern religiosity. These studies yield a new theoretical standpoint that transcends secularist ideologies assuming that religion is bound to disappear. One of the remarkable works that plays a key role in reframing such ideologies is Charles Taylor's work, A Secular Age. Taylor noted that religion in modern societies is subject to transformation rather than simply “vanishing,” or “returning” after a period of repression. He also emphasized that there may be a development from merely believing in spirits to a quest for spirituality in the secular, disenchanted age.

Keywords:   Charles Taylor, A Secular Age, religion, secularism, modern religiosity, spirituality, disenchanted age

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