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Secularization, Desecularization, and Toleration

Cross-Disciplinary Challenges to a Modern Myth

Editors: Karpov, Vyacheslav, Svensson, Manfred (Eds.)

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  • Questions one-sided assumptions about secularization and toleration
  • Aims to achieve an evidence-based view of the relationships between secularization, desecularization, and toleration in the history of ideas, social arrangements, and transformations
  • Written with a cross-disciplinaryapproach and scope, with contributors come from a variety of academic fields
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This book challenges the modern myth that tolerance grows as societies become less religious. The myth inseparably links the progress of toleration to the secularization of modern society. This volume scrutinizes this grand narrative theoretically and empirically, and proposes alternative accounts of the varied relationships between diverse interpretations of religion and secularity and multiple secularizations, desecularizations, and forms of toleration. The authors show how both secular and religious orthodoxies inform toleration and persecution, and how secularizations and desecularizations engender repressive or pluralistic regimes. Ultimately, the book offers an agency-focused perspective which links the variation in toleration and persecution to the actors of secularization and desecularization and their cultural programs.


About the authors

Vyacheslav Karpov is Professor of Sociology at Western Michigan University, USA.

Manfred Svensson is Professor of Philosophy at the University of the Andes, Chile.

Reviews


 “Working both conceptually and empirically, the chapters in this volume interrogate the connections between secularization, de-secularization and tolerance - relationships that are complex to say the least. Understanding them better requires the clear thinking and careful scrutiny discovered in these pages - a collection to be read, marked and inwardly digested. I recommend it very warmly.” (Grace Davie, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University of Exeter, UK)

 “Offering compelling interdisciplinary research from across the globe and over time, this volume is essential reading for anyone who wants to understand the relationship religious toleration holds with secularization, desecularization and many distinctive political, historical, and social contexts. The research has more than a few surprises.” (Roger Finke, Distinguished Professor of Sociology, Religious Studies, and International Affairs, Penn State University, USA)

“For far too long, intellectuals in the west have, following the skeptical Enlightenment tradition, presumed the equation of secularity with tolerance. But that presumption is based more on faith than evidence. This volume opens up the hugely important question of the relationship between religion, secularisms, and tolerance of various sorts, disrupting our simplistic, received verities.” (Christian Smith, author, The Secular Revolution)


Table of contents (15 chapters)

Table of contents (15 chapters)
  • Secularization, Desecularization, and Toleration: Toward an Agency-Focused Reassessment

    Pages 1-39

    Karpov, Vyacheslav (et al.)

  • A Dirty Word? The Christian Development of the Traditional Conception of Toleration in Augustine, Aquinas, and John Owen

    Pages 43-60

    Svensson, Manfred

  • Human Dignity and Divine Chivalry: Rights, Respect, and Toleration According to Ibn ‘Arabi

    Pages 61-79

    Hirtenstein, Stephen

  • “Politics,” “Religion,” and the Theory and Practice of Toleration: The Case of William Penn

    Pages 81-99

    Murphy, Andrew R.

  • Religious Freedom and Toleration in Moses Mendelssohn’s Jerusalem

    Pages 101-114

    Zaborowski, Holger

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Secularization, Desecularization, and Toleration
Book Subtitle
Cross-Disciplinary Challenges to a Modern Myth
Editors
  • Vyacheslav Karpov
  • Manfred Svensson
Copyright
2020
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-54046-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-54046-3
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-54045-6
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 333
Number of Illustrations
10 b/w illustrations
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