Western Culture after Christendom

Jens Zimmermann

in Humanism and Religion

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697755
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738159 | DOI:
Western Culture after Christendom

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The analysis of contemporary culture in this chapter explains the need for a common humanistic ethos and offers a working definition of humanism to clear the ground for retrieving the religious roots of humanism. The two cultural developments that provide fresh opportunity for recovering the humanistic ethos that originally shaped Western culture are the exhaustion of secularism and the return of religion. The chapter concludes that the secularist separation of reason and faith is untenable, and that the idea of the secular is actually a religiously founded, Christian concept within which humanism finds its proper place.

Keywords: secularity; secularism; reason; incarnation; scientific objectivism; return of religion; fundamentalism; Islamic humanism

Chapter.  17301 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Religion

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