Religion, Secularization, and Sacralization

Author: José Casanova

November 1, 2011

In "Religion, Secularization, and Sacralization" José Casanova rejects many of the oversimplifications related to sacralization, noting that different beliefs and cultures place varying values and meanings on the term, as well as on religion. He compares and contrasts Western Christian, Jewish, Buddhist, and global views on sacredness and secularism. Casanova argues that the three concepts of religion, secularization, and sacralization should be studied as unique phenomena interacting with and against one another. This essay was included as a chapter in Volkhard Krech and Marion Steinicke's Dynamics in the History of Religions between Asia and Europe: Encounters, Notions, and Comparative Perspectives.

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