Non-Religion and Existential Culture
Having established the existence and array of visual, spatial, material, and embodied forms of non-religiosity, of the relationships and patterns of association informed by it, and of self-understandings and personal and political practices of self-classification and identification, this chapter focuses on belief. It demonstrates the existential threads that run through and appear to determine non-religious cultures in significant ways. It considers how existential positions are expressed in ideas and beliefs and are bound up with the material, social, and symbolic. The chapter shows how the philosophical gives form to these existential cultures, but also that these philosophical threads are experienced aesthetically and communally as well as intellectually. Demonstrating that existential cultures are refracted through religious and spiritual as well as non-religious cultures, this chapter argues that the study of existential cultures provides opportunities for developing new inclusive approaches to the study of religion.
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