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Beyond IdolsThe Shape of a Secular Society$
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Richard K. Fenn

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780195143690

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2003

DOI: 10.1093/0195143698.001.0001

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(p.3) Introduction
Beyond Idols

Richard K. Fenn (Contributor Webpage)

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Tendencies toward fascism in modern societies make it imperative to investigate the role of religion in the public sphere. Religion tends to limit the range of possibilities open to any social system and to provide a false sense of transcendence over time. The process of secularization opens a society to the full range of possibilities, both positive and negative, that define the Sacred. Secular societies are therefore both more open to the Sacred and more subject to the passage of time.

Keywords:   fascism, public, religion, sacred, secular, secularization, time, transcendence

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