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ISSN 0869-5377
The Logos Journal

How Secular World Became Post-Secular

Author: Caputo John

About author:
Philosopher, theologian; Thomas J. Watson Professor of Religion Emeritus at Syracuse University and the David R. Cook Professor of Philosophy Emeritus at Villanova University; the founder of weak theology. Among his works: Radical Hermeneutics: Repetition, Deconstruction and the Hermeneutic Project (1987), On Religion (2001), The Weakness of God (2006).

In this article the author traces the formation of «post-secular» frame of mind through the passing of three stages: sacral period, secularization and desecularization. At the same time it is stressed that this «post-secular» frame of mind is not uncritical or naive. It has arisen as the result of an «iteration» process that by criticizing the critique ends up in a post-critical position, one that is interestingly like but importantly unlike the pre-critical position. The result is the unearthing of a certain analogy between the pre-critical and the post-critical and newly opened lines of communication between them.

Keywords: secularization, secular, philosophy of religion, Nietzsche, Kierkegaard, desecularization, death of God

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