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Encountering Religion: Responsibility and Criticism After Secularism

Tyler Roberts


This book encourages scholars to abandon the conceptual opposition between the “secular” and the “religious” to better understand how human beings actively and thoughtfully engage with their worlds and make meaning. It argues that the artificial distinction between a self-conscious and critical “academic study of religion” and an ideological and authoritarian “religion” only obscures the phenomenon. Instead, the book calls on intellectuals to approach the field as a site of “encounter” and “response,” illuminating the agency, creativity, and critical awareness of religious actors. The book arg ... More

Keywords: religion, Hent de Vries, Eric Santner, Stanley Cavell, encounter, response, secular thinking, religious thought

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231147521
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231147521.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tyler Roberts, author
Grinnell College

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