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and yearnings, it is the Christian artist who stands non-​conformist rebel, challenge to such secularism’ (Deane 2006: 9). 49   50 50 Tracing change and setting the context Pádraig J. Daly, himself a ministering priest, has captured very eloquently the bleak situation for religious and the Catholic Church in Ireland today in his poem ‘Holding Away the Dark’: Have mercy on us, O Lord, Who have lived beyond our time of usefulness And totter round the empty edifices of our glory, Looking towards our end. (Daly 2015: 77) The mood is grim, and, undoubtedly, the

in Tracing the cultural legacy of Irish Catholicism
David Arnold

agency. But in many respects the history of smallpox and vaccination in India is expressive of a colonial situation in which the administration was culturally and politically remote from the lives of its subjects. Belief in a smallpox deity provided an alternative, religious, explanation for the incidence of the disease and prescribed ritual observances that ran counter to western medical secularism. In

in Imperial medicine and indigenous societies
Historicist-inspired diagnoses of modernity, 1935
Herman Paul

Introduction ‘“Post-Christian Era”? Nonsense!’ declared one of Europe’s foremost theologians, Karl Barth, in August 1948, at the first assembly of the World Council of Churches in Amsterdam. How do we come to adopt as self-evident the phrase first used by a German National Socialist, that we are today living in an ‘un-Christian’ or even ‘post-Christian’ era? … How indeed do we come to the fantastic opinion that secularism and godlessness are inventions of our time

in Post-everything
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John Lever and Johan Fischer

shop in the entire country and where the purchase of kosher products on the Internet or bringing food back from abroad has greater significance. Among our mostly middle-​class informants we explore to what extent they are focused on kosher as specific forms of standardised ‘qualities’ in their everyday lives (Callon et al. 2002). We also explore how ‘compound practice’ (Warde 2016) links eating with issues such as health and spirituality, for example, and with the influence of secularism and ritual. It soon becomes clear that all our consumers are acutely aware that

in Religion, regulation, consumption
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A spiritual wit
Laura Alexander

visual artistry in relation to Christian spirituality, and these poems helped Killigrew to re-define her expressions of poetical wit in relation to her spirituality, which she privileges over secularism. Her poems, ‘St. John Baptist Painted by herself in the Wilderness, with Angels appearing to him, and with a Lamb by him’ and ‘Herodias’s Daughter presenting to her Mother St. John’s 27 EARLY MODERN SELVES AND THE REASON V. PASSION DEBATE Head in a Charger, also Painted by herself’, accompany the John the Baptist paintings, both currently lost. Anxious to separate her

in Writing and constructing the self in Great Britain in the long eighteenth century
Mads Qvortrup

down the wrath of the proto-positivist thinkers of his day. Yet, while Rousseau was a ‘gospel Christian’ (at least by his own definition), he was also preoccupied with the moral and political implications of secularism. Especially the development (or demise) of ethical theory after Hobbes. It is not least because of this that he is of interest to the modern science of politics. Rousseau rejected the Hobbesian view. In opposition to his colleagues he maintained that the ‘summation of all morality is given by the Gospel in its summation of the Law’ (III: 155–6). The

in The political philosophy of Jean-Jacques Rousseau
How did we get here and why does it matter?

This book asks who gets to exercise free speech and who does not, and examines what happens when powerful voices think they have been silenced. It asks how the spaces and structures of 'speech' – mass media, the lecture theatre, the public event, the political rally and perhaps most frequently the internet – shape this debate. It explores the long histories of this contemporary moment, to think about how acts such as censorship, boycotts and protests around free speech developed historically and how these histories inform the present. The book first explores two opposing sides in this debate: starting with a defence of speech freedoms and examining how speech has been curbed and controlled, and countering this with an examination of the way that free speech has been weaponised and deployed as a bad faith argument by people wishing to commit harm. It then considers two key battlefields in the free speech wars: first, the university campus and secondly, the internet. This book is the first to explore this moment in the free speech wars. It hopes to equip readers to navigate this complex, highly charged topic: rather than taking a side in the debate, it encourages the reader to be suspicious – or at least sceptical – of the way that this topic is being framed and articulated in the media today. The free speech wars should act as context, provocation, stimulation and – hopefully – a route through this conflict.

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Laura Schwartz

’. Uncovering this previously obscured Secularist current has, paradoxically, only been made possible by the ‘religious turn’ in gender history. Greater attentiveness to the religious identities, motivations and debates that were so important to the Victorian and Edwardian women’s movements, has challenged understandings of feminism as a primarily liberal, Enlightened and secular rights discourse. 1 But if the secularism of British

in Infidel feminism
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An intellectual history of post-concepts

What does it mean to live in an era of ‘posts’? At a time when ‘post-truth’ is on everyone’s lips, this volume seeks to uncover the logic of post-constructions – postmodernism, post-secularism, postfeminism, post-colonialism, post-capitalism, post-structuralism, post-humanism, post-tradition, post-Christian, post-Keynesian and post-ideology – across a wide array of contexts. It shows that ‘post’ does not simply mean ‘after.’ Although post-prefixes sometimes denote a particular periodization, especially in the case of mid-twentieth-century post-concepts, they more often convey critical dissociation from their root concept. In some cases, they even indicate a continuation of the root concept in an altered form. By surveying the range of meanings that post-prefixes convey, as well as how these meanings have changed over time and across multiple and shifting contexts, this volume sheds new light on how post-constructions work and on what purposes they serve. Moreover, by tracing them across the humanities and social sciences, the volume uncovers sometimes unexpected parallels and transfers between fields usually studied in isolation from each other.

Author: Meir Hatina

Arab liberal thought in the modern age provides in-depth analysis of Arab liberalism, which, although lacking public appeal and a compelling political underpinning, sustained viability over time and remains a constant part of the Arab landscape. The study focuses on the second half of the twentieth century and the early twenty-first century, a period that witnessed continuity as well as change in liberal thinking. Post-1967 liberals, like their predecessors, confronted old dilemmas, socioeconomic upheavals, political instability, and cultural disorientation, but also demonstrated ideological rejuvenation and provided liberal thought with new emphases and visions. Arab liberals contributed to public debate on cultural, social, and political issues, and triggered debates against their adversaries. Displaying such attributes as skepticism, ecumenism, and confidence in Arab advancement, they burst onto the public scene in questioning the Arab status quo and advocating alternative visions for their countries. Their struggle for freedom of religion, secularism, individualism, democracy, and human rights meant more than a rethinking of Islamic tradition and Arab political culture. It aimed rather at formulating a full-fledged liberal project to seek an Arab Enlightenment. This book fills a major gap in the research literature, which has tended to overlook Middle Eastern liberalism in favor of more powerful and assertive forces embodied by authoritarian regimes and Islamic movements. The book is essential reading for scholars and students in the fields of Islamic and Middle Eastern studies, intellectual history, political ideologies, comparative religion, and cultural studies.