Journal Article

The Silence of the Secular

J. Heath Atchley

in Literature and Theology

Volume 21, issue 1, pages 66-81
Published in print March 2007 | ISSN: 0269-1205
Published online January 2007 | e-ISSN: 1477-4623 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/litthe/frl062
The Silence of the Secular

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This essay describes the secular as a kind of silence, an inability to speak of or with immanent value, and such condition is linked to the pattern of transcendence in thought and life, the positing of ultimate value at a remove from experience. This diagnosis is stimulated by Sofia Coppola's film Lost in Translation and Marcel Gauchet's book, The Disenchantment of the World: A Political History of Religion. A reading of Ralph Waldo Emerson's essay ‘Oversoul’, suggests how conversation counters the silence of the secular and takes on a religious value.

Journal Article.  7115 words. 

Subjects: Literature ; Religion and Art, Literature, and Music

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