The Emotional Detachment from the Sacred

Douglas V. Porpora

in Landscapes of the Soul

Published in print May 2001 | ISBN: 9780195134919
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834563 | DOI:
The Emotional Detachment from the Sacred

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Argues that through a felt lack of religious experience, many Americans are emotionally detached from the sacred. Whereas religious ethics ought to be the inspired emulation of God's perceived goodness, religious ethics too often degenerate into divine command theory, where ethical rules are followed simply because they have been commanded by God. This emotional estrangement from the sacred has been an overlooked element in the secularization debate.

Keywords: divine command; emotional detachment; emulation; estrangement; God; goodness; religious ethics; religious experience; sacred; secularization debate

Chapter.  14178 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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