Reading Library

The Program began with each center submitting a single text that it considers foundational to the study of secularism and religion in the region and/or disciplines represented by their research team. All four texts are available here for site members.

Robert Orsi

"Snakes Alive: Religious Studies Between Heaven and Earth"

From Between Heaven and Earth: The Religious Worlds People Make and the Scholars Who Study Them (Princeton University Press, 2005). pp. 177-204.

Jürgen Habermas

"Notes on Post-Secular Society"

Accessed from

Martin Buber

"Concerning the Theocracy"

From Kingship of God (Amherst: Humanity Books, 1967) pp. 136-162.

Benjamin Schwartz

"The Setting" and "Some Implications"

From In Search of Wealth and Power: Yen Fu and the West (Harvard University Press, 1964)

RelSec is comprised of five partner sites situated in universities around the world. The participating centers conduct parallel research projects whose exact shape reflects the distinct missions of the centers and research profiles of the teams. All will include some combination of public presentations and events, faculty workshops, and/or curricular initiatives, such as the development of team-taught courses on secularism, religion, and political belonging.
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