Bridging the Sacred and the Profane in Humanitarian Life

Andrea Paras and Janice Gross Stein

in Sacred Aid

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199916023
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199950447 | DOI:
Bridging the Sacred and the Profane in Humanitarian Life

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This chapter addresses two arguments on the basic differences between “secular” and “religious” organizations. It first studies the creation of the layered and complicated meanings of the sacred in the life of modern humanitarian organizations. It then studies two religious and two secular organizations and how they express and give meaning to the sacred. The chapter also discusses the consequences of the creation of the sacred, which is common to both secular and religious organizations, and shows how these organizations connect with the “profane” and with the world.

Keywords: secular organizations; religious organizations; sacred; humanitarian organizations; profane

Chapter.  11282 words. 

Subjects: International Relations

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