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Introduction

Richard K. Fenn

in Beyond Idols

Published in print July 2001 | ISBN: 9780195143690
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834174 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195143698.003.0001
Introduction

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Tendencies toward fascism in modern societies make it imperative to investigate the role of religion in the public sphere. Religion tends to limit the range of possibilities open to any social system and to provide a false sense of transcendence over time. The process of secularization opens a society to the full range of possibilities, both positive and negative, that define the Sacred. Secular societies are therefore both more open to the Sacred and more subject to the passage of time.

Keywords: fascism; public; religion; sacred; secular; secularization; time; transcendence

Chapter.  5218 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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