The Politics of Postsecular Religion: Mourning Secular Futures

The Politics of Postsecular Religion: Mourning Secular Futures

Ananda Abeysekara contends that democracy, along with its cherished secular norms, is founded on the idea of a promise deferred to the future. Rooted in democracy's messianic promise is the belief that religious& mdash;political identity-such as Buddhist, Hindu, Sinhalese, Christian, Muslim, or Tamil& mdash;can be critiqued, neutralized, improved, and changed, even while remaining inseparable from the genocide of the past. This facile belief, he argues, is precisely… (more)

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (May 08, 2008)

Collection: Insurrections: Critical Studies in Religion, Politics, and Culture

Parent ISBN: 9780231142908

Language: English


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