Faith, society and the post-secular : private and public religion in law and theology

Show simple item record Lombaard, Christoffel Johannes Stephanus Benson, Iain T. Otto, Eckart 2020-08-29T06:52:50Z 2020-08-29T06:52:50Z 2019-10-22
dc.description.abstract In pre-democratic – also pre-modern – times, religion had been at the centre of much of human life, filling the private as well as the public realm of people’s daily existence. However, with the change to democratic rule in major countries in the modern world (see, most influentially, Article 1 of the French Constitution after the French Revolution and the First Amendment to the Constitution of the United States, influencing all other democracies in their wake), religion has for the most part reflexively been sidelined from public life. Or has it? Does religion not still hold a special place in law in democratic societies, but now in reverse? Firstly, whereas matters of religious faith had throughout the greater part of human history been included in matters of politics, it is now as a matter of course of law excluded, purposely so. Religion is thus still a ‘special case’, a unique aspect of humanity when compared to all other matters, in law as much as in politics and other aspects of public life. Secondly, in the post-secular cultural climate dawning across the world, matters of faith (religion, spirituality) are no longer as stringently excluded from public life, which impacts directly on how religion is touched upon in law, sociology, philosophy, music and other academic disciplines too. Our dawning post-secular age is bringing something new. Two scholars, who have been doing foundational work in this regard, have done so fully in parallel, not taking cognisance of the mutualities in their academic contributions. Otto in Munich, Germany, has been combining his two areas of expertise, the Pentateuch in the Hebrew Bible and the sociologist Max Weber, to indicate the trajectory through history of democratic impulses from Ancient Near Eastern founding documents into the current era. Benson in Sydney, Australia, has on his part been drawing on his expertise in law as practised in Canada and taught in Europe, South Africa and Australia to indicate how, in inclusively liberal democracies, law cannot justifiably be used to exclude religion from the public domain, as has been the usual modern case. Drawing together these parallel contributions, Lombaard places these initiatives within the emerging post-secular climate, which augurs a different way of being religious or non-religious, publicly as much as privately, in democratic societies in our time. en_ZA
dc.description.department Old Testament Studies en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2020 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The South African National Research Foundation and of the School of Ministry, Theology and Culture, Tabor College, Adelaide. en_ZA
dc.description.uri en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Lombaard, C., Benson, I.T. & Otto, E., 2019, ‘Faith, society and the post-secular: Private and public religion in law and theology’, HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies 75(3), a4969. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0259-9422 (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2072-8050 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/hts.v75i3.4969
dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS Open Journals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2019. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Public religion en_ZA
dc.subject Law and theology en_ZA
dc.subject Secularisation en_ZA
dc.subject Post-modernism en_ZA
dc.subject Religion and politics en_ZA
dc.subject Association en_ZA
dc.subject Post-secularism en_ZA
dc.subject Faith and belief en_ZA
dc.title Faith, society and the post-secular : private and public religion in law and theology en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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