Research Note: Talking about a Revolution: Terminology for the New Field of Non-religion Studies

Lee, Lois (2012) Research Note: Talking about a Revolution: Terminology for the New Field of Non-religion Studies. Journal of Contemporary Religion, 27 (1). pp. 129-139. ISSN 1353-7903. (doi:https://doi.org/10.1080/13537903.2012.642742) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

The recognition of non-religion as a significant social, cultural, and psychological phenomenon represents a sea change—or revolution—in social scientific thinking about religion and modernity. The speedy expansion of the field has, however, left its terminology lagging behind, with most scholars drawing on concepts familiar to the disciplinary or other cultural settings within which they work. The result is a terminology that is used inconsistently, imprecisely, and often illogically. This research note aims to draw attention to this situation and to suggest a working terminology. Focusing on core terms, I argue for: using ‘non-religion’ as the master concept for this new field of study, demoting ‘atheism’ from its illogically central role in the current discussion, untangling ‘secularism’ and ‘secularity’ from both these concepts. This will allow social scientists to be more precise in how they use the four concepts and better equip them for analysing the relationship between them.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion
B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BL Religion
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages
Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Religious Studies
Depositing User: Lois Lee
Date Deposited: 17 Feb 2017 10:55 UTC
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2017 16:36 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/60433 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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