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Something Old, Something NewContemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity$
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Wayne Glausser

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780190864170

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001

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An Introduction (with Starbucks Cups and Stem Cells)

(p.1) Chapter 1 Entanglement
Something Old, Something New

Wayne Glausser

Oxford University Press

This introductory chapter offers a brief definition of entanglement and contrasts it with four other versions of the relationship between religion and secularity. Unlike these other four models, in which religion and secularity sit apart from each other as separate domains, entanglement presents a contentious but oddly intimate relationship. Neither side simply wins by displacing the other. Two examples flesh out this definition of entangled religious and secular interests. The first example comes from the so-called War on Christmas; the second comes from controversies surrounding stem cell research. In both of these cases, religious and secular elements entangle and complicate each other, even as they engage in adversarial conversation. The introduction then examines recent scholarly re-evaluations of the term “secularity” and connects it with the concept of entanglement.

Keywords:   entanglement, secularity, stem cell, War on Christmas, NOMA, thoughts and prayers, Young Earth Creationists

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