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Beyond Idols : The Shape of a Secular Society

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This book attempts to articulate the nature of a secular society, describe its benefits, and suggests the conditions under which such a society could emerge. To become secular, argues Fenn, is to open oneself and one's society to a wide range of possibilities, some interesting and exciting, some burdensome and dreadful. While some sociologists have argued that a "Civil Religion" is necessary to hold together our newly "religionless" society, Fenn urges that there is nothing to fear-and everything to gain-from living in a society that is not bound together by sacred memories and beliefs, or by sacred institutions and practices.show more

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  • Hardback | 224 pages
  • 164.8 x 242.8 x 23.1mm | 502.62g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • New.
  • 0195143698
  • 9780195143690
  • 1,296,717

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This is a rich, deeply thought and original book that perplexes and provokes. * Theology * Fenn displays great skill and verve in his attempts to grapple with a range of complex issues ... argued with intelligence, passion, and some insight. * Journal of Contemporary Religion *show more

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