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“They Licked the Platter Clean”: On the Codependency of the Religious and the Secular

William E. Arnal and Russell T. McCutcheon

in The Sacred Is the Profane

Published in print November 2012 | ISBN: 9780199757114
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979530 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199757114.003.0007
“They Licked the Platter Clean”: On the Codependency of the Religious and the Secular

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This chapter critiques those who argue that theological institutions (e.g., the church) invented the secular by showing that sacred/secular and religious/nonreligious are strictly binary pairings that co-developed as political techniques of governance. Thus one part of each pair could not predate the other.

Keywords: definition; religion; binary; modernity; authenticity

Chapter.  9819 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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