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Recognizing the Non-religiousReimagining the Secular$
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Lois Lee

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780198736844

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736844.001.0001

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Conclusion Reimagining the Secular

Conclusion Reimagining the Secular

(p.185) Conclusion Reimagining the Secular
Recognizing the Non-religious

Lois Lee

Oxford University Press

The Introduction suggests there are multiple ways of recognizing the non-religious in society and rethinking our idea of secularity in light of this. This concluding chapter revisits the notion of the secular, showing how recognizing non-religion as autonomous from it draws attention to implicit but long-standing questions about how the two relate. Shifts in thinking about non-religion and secularity have immediate implications—empirical, methodological, theoretical, and political, and this chapter also considers the central ones of these. It is also full of questions, because recognizing the non-religious and reformulating the idea of secularity points to multiple configurations of the religious, spiritual, non-religious, areligious, secular, and secularist—and about which there will be very much more to say.

Keywords:   non-religion, secularity, recognition, representation, religion, alternative spirituality, areligion, secularism, equality

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