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The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity

ISBN 9781138234147
Published November 21, 2018 by Routledge
448 Pages - 27 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

The Routledge Handbook of Postsecularity offers an internationally significant and comprehensive interdisciplinary collection which provides a series of critical reviews of the current state of the art and future trends in philosophical, theoretical, and conceptual terms. The volume likewise presents a range of empirical knowledges and engagements with postsecularity. A critical yet sympathetic dialogue across disciplinary divides in an international context ensures that the volume covers a wide and interrelated intellectual and geographical scope.

The editor’s introduction with Klaus Eder offers a robust foundation for the volume, setting out the central aims and objectives, the rationale for the contributions, and an outline of the structure. Thorny issues of normativity and empirical challenges are highlighted for the reader. The handbook comprises four interrelated sections. Part I: Philosophical meditations discusses postsecularity from philosophical standpoints, and Part II: Theological perspectives presents contributions from a variety of theological viewpoints. Part III: Theory, space, social relations contains pieces from geography, planning, sociology, and religious studies that delve into theoretically informed empirical implications of postsecularity. Part IV: Political and social engagement offers chapters that emphasize the political and social implications of the debate. In the Afterword, Eduardo Mendieta joins the editor to reflect on the notion of reflexive secularization across the volume as a whole, alluding to new lines of inquiry.

The handbook is an invaluable guide for graduate and advanced undergraduate teaching, and a key reference for students and scholars of human geography, sociology, political science, applied philosophy, urban and public theology, planning, and urban studies.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations

List of contributors



1: Concepts, processes, and antagonisms of postsecularity

Justin Beaumont and Klaus Eder


2: Beyond belief: religion as the "dynamite of the people"

Bruno Latour

3: The difficulty of unforgiving

Martin Beck Matušík

4: The postsecular condition and the genealogy of postmetaphysical thinking

Eduardo Mendieta

5: Redemptive criticism or the critique of religion

Warren S. Goldstein

6: Post–atheism and minimal religion in Russia

Mikhail Epstein

7: The performative force of the postsecular

Herbert de Vriese and Guido Vanheeswijck

8: Postsecularism, reason, and violence

Michiel Leezenberg

9: Theoretical framings of the postsecular

Manav Ratti

10: Formations of the postsecular in education

David Lewin


11: Redeeming the secular

Matt Bullimore

12: Christianity or barbarism

Dritëro Demjaha

13: Postsecular theology

Hagar Lahav

14: Political theology and postsecularity

Francis Schüssler Fiorenza

15: Postsecular prophets

Robert Joustra

16: Anticipating postsecularity

Christopher Rowland

17: Pope Francis and the theology of the people

Rafael Luciani

18: Interrogating the postsecular

Elaine Graham

19: Postsecularity and urban theology

Chris Shannahan


20: Postsecular plasticity: expansive secularism

Gregor McLennan

21: Dialogue with religious life in Asia

Lily Kong and Junxi Qian

22: Four genealogies of the postsecular

Kristina Stöckl and Dmitry Uzlaner

23: Beyond salvaging solidarity

Umut Parmaksız

24: Christianity and the Indian diaspora

Robbie Goh

25: Resisting the transcendent

Chris Baker

26: Architecture of radicalized postsecularism

Kryzsztof Nawatrek

27: Islamophobia, apophatic pluralism, and imagination

Giuseppe Carta

28: Some critical remarks on religious identity

Peter Nynäs

29: After or against secularism: Muslims in Europe

Kasia Narkowicz and Richard Philips

30: Postsecularity in twenty questions

Phra Nicholas Thanissaro

31: Unofficial geographies of religion and spirituality as postsecular spaces

Edward Wigley


32: (Re)enchanting secular people and politics

Timothy Stacey

33: The Nordic far right and religious imagery

Øyvind Strømmen

34: Postsecularity prefigured

Roger Speare


35: Reflexive secularization

Eduardo Mendieta and Justin Beaumont


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Justin Beaumont is Honorary Research Fellow at the School of Geography, Queen Mary University of London, UK.


'This is an exceptionally strong collection examining one of the defining issues of our era. Readers will find it both broadens and deepens their thinking about changing roles of religion and secularism in contemporary society.' - Craig Calhoun, Professor of Social Sciences, Arizona State University, USA

'It is increasingly clear that what comes after postmodernity is not really the vaguely defined neo-modern, which is little more than a wave of nostalgia, but rather the post-secular, which is also a more genuine post-modern. It manifests itself variously as the challenge of other non-secular cultures, of the pre-modern and alternatively modern west, of the extra-human and the unavoidably metaphysical. This fine collection well represents this variety in both its disparity and its aspects of unity.' - John Milbank, Emeritus Professor of Religion, Politics and Ethics, University of Nottingham, UK