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Something Old, Something New: Contemporary Entanglements of Religion and Secularity

Wayne Glausser


This book explores a significant if underappreciated relationship between religious and secular interests. In entanglement, secularity competes with religion, but neither side achieves simple dominance by displacing the other. As secular ideas and practices entangle with their religious counterparts, they interact and alter each other in a contentious but oddly intimate relationship. Each chapter focuses on a topic of contemporary relevance that shows entanglement at work. After brief introductory analyses of the “War on Christmas” and controversies surrounding stem cell research, the book tur ... More

Keywords: religion, secularity, new atheism, rhetoric, Norton Anthology, Pope Francis, Thomas Aquinas, cognitive science, extreme unction, psychedelic therapy

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780190864170
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2018 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190864170.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Wayne Glausser, author
Professor of English, DePauw University