Religion and Morality

John Reeder

in The Oxford Handbook of the Sociology of Religion

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780199588961
Published online September 2009 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Religion and Theology

 Religion and Morality

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General notions of morality and religion are part of the legacy of modernity. They have taken shape in response to political and scholarly imperatives. A familiar part of the narrative casts religion and morality as distinct spheres of culture and experience. Just as the other ‘spheres’ are differentiated from religion, so morality also comes to be widely conceived as an autonomous ‘secular sphere’. The differentiation is said to have occurred not only in the work of intellectuals, but in society generally. This article looks at three senses of the autonomy of morality – cosmisation as alienation, depth grammar, and practices. It presents common objections against cosmisation and depth grammar but defends the idea of autonomous practices.

Keywords: cosmisation; alienation; depth grammar; autonomous practices; morality; religion

Article.  11679 words. 

Subjects: Religion ; Sociology of Religion

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