Religion in Post-Secular America

Wilfred M. Mcclay

in American Thought and Culture in the 21st Century

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print October 2008 | ISBN: 9780748626014
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748670673 | DOI:
Religion in Post-Secular America

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This chapter focuses on the tensions between secularism and a resurgence of religious belief and practice in post-9/11 United States. Arguing that religion’s new lease of life stems from the inadequacy of other alternatives, the author, Wilfred M. McClay, considers the role of religion in upholding human dignity and moral order in a postmodern world. With reference to a range of religious practices and denominations, the chapter goes on to consider key religious questions relating to 9/11, connections and tensions between church and state, the role of civil religion, and the re-emergence of political and denominational divisions that resist neat alignments. The chapter concludes with a consideration of the future of post-secular America, warning against wholesale investment in either inevitable secularism or religious restoration.

Keywords: Civil Religion; Securalism; Post-Secular; 9/11; Moral order; Church and State

Chapter.  7766 words. 

Subjects: Cultural Studies

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