The "Post-Secular" Era

By Eliezer Schweid

Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA), October 15, 2000

The author contends that with the completion of the secularization process within the Jewish people, it is now clear that secularism is no substitute for religion. He writes that despite the influence of materialism and the unprecedented control of man over nature and over himself, the need for religion has intensified due to continuing moral, social, and spiritual-existential problems. The article includes a discussion of the definitions by which the "religious" present themselves in contrast to the "secularists," the historical background of secularization, and secularization in Israel, among other topics. The author argues that the time has come for the representatives of religious and secularist movements to begin a substantive dialogue that will enable creative life together.

Topic: History, Culture, Religion and State, Zionism

Name of Publication: Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints

Volume/Issue: 440

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Genre: Other

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Schweid, Eliezer. The "Post-Secular" Era. Jerusalem Letter / Viewpoints. Jerusalem Center for Public Affairs (JCPA). 15 October 2000:


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