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Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society (Richard K Fenn) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780195143690
Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society (Richard K Fenn) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2001) 9780195143690
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Title: Beyond Idols: The Shape of a Secular Society

Author: Fenn, Richard K

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2001

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780195143690

Volumes: 1; Pages: 208

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This book attempts to articulate the nature of a secular society, describe its benefits, and suggests the conditions under which such a society could emerge. To become secular, argues Fenn, is to open oneself and one's society to a wide range of possibilities, some interesting and exciting, some burdensome and dreadful. While some sociologists have argued that a "Civil Religion" is necessary to hold together our newly "religionless" society, Fenn urges that there is nothing to fear--and everything to gain--from living in a society that is not bound together by sacred memories and beliefs, or by sacred institutions and practices.CONTENTSIntroduction 1 Idols, Idolatry, and Unnecessary Suffering 2 Starting on the Path to Secularity: The Agony of the Possible 3 Heroes, Charismatic Figures, and Celebrities as Cultural Idols 4 Brotherhoods, Sisterhoods, and Secularization: Creativity, Secularity, and the Creation of Space for the Present Generation 5 Toward a Theory of a Society without Idols: From Civil Religion to Public Religiosity 6 Stifling the Sociological Imagination 7 Ambiguity, Controversy, and the Limits of Language as the Bearer of the Sacred 8 Beyond Idolatry: Religionless Christianity Notes Bibliography Index
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