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Sacred Modes of Being in a Postsecular World



Hass AW (ed.) (2021) Sacred Modes of Being in a Postsecular World. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. https://doi.org/10.1017/9781009047944

How do we talk meaningfully about the sacred in contexts where conventional religious expression has so often lost its power? Inspired by the influential work of David Jasper, this important volume builds on his thinking to identify sacrality in a world where the old religious and secular debates have exhausted themselves and theology struggles for a new language in their wake. Distinguished writers explore here the idea of the sacred as one that exists, paradoxically, in a space that is both possible and impossible: profoundly theological on the one hand, but also deeply this-worldly and irreligious on the other. This is a sacredness that is simultaneously ‘present’ and ‘absent’: one which encompasses – as Jasper himself characterises it – ‘the impossible possibility of an absolute vision’. The book teaches us that the sacred assumes a renewed potency when fully engaged with the creativity that happens across religion, literature, philosophy and the arts.

theology; sacred; postsecular

EditorDr Andrew Hass
Publication date31/12/2021
Publication date online30/09/2021
PublisherCambridge University Press
Place of publicationCambridge

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Dr Andrew Hass

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