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Roz Chast

Arthur J. Magida

in Opening the Doors of Wonder

Published by University of California Press

Published in print October 2006 | ISBN: 9780520245457
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520941717 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520245457.003.0011
Roz Chast

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The tendency to forsake religion from one's life may be an effect of the influence exerted by one's family, peers, and larger environment, but, in all cases, ultimately underlines one's predominant tendency of extreme unease in conforming to set standards of conduct and thought. Religion sets these benchmarks for individuals, whose social interactions are then confined to certain dictates from beyond. While deconstructing certain inequalities by including certain forms of equality, it also creates new divisions that impede more reflective and measurable equality—it alienates an individual in a pre-ordained space. While for some with artistic disposition, this alienation might be complementary, for others it might create slight degrees of confusion and a slightly greater degree of provocation to give in. Rejection of religion at this stage is mostly in non-extreme terms, amounting to more of an ignorance than protracted rejection/negation.

Keywords: family; alienation; rejection of religion; ignorance; equality; protracted rejection

Chapter.  3305 words. 

Subjects: Religious Studies

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