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Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society

Richard K. Fenn


Explores the possibilities for a secular society. Such a society is radically open to its environment, to a wide range of opportunities and dangers, and it is therefore agnostic about the boundaries between the possible and the impossible. Its own beliefs and ethics would also be open, evolutionary, procedural, and open to contestation and revision. There would be opportunities for individuals to give their own accounts of their personal experience without seeking recognition and legitimacy from institutionalized sources of authority. The individual's identity would be able to develop with bei ... More

Keywords: center, discourse, environment, individual, language, periphery, ritual, sacred, secular, society

Bibliographic Information

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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Richard K. Fenn, author
Princeton Theological Seminary
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