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The Sacred in Exile

What it Really Means to Lose Our Religion

  • Gillian McCann
  • Gitte Bechsgaard

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xi
  2. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 1-14
  3. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 15-33
  4. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 35-48
  5. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 49-65
  6. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 67-88
  7. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 89-105
  8. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 107-123
  9. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages 125-142
  10. Gillian McCann, Gitte Bechsgaard
    Pages E1-E1
  11. Back Matter
    Pages 143-146

About this book

Introduction

This book addresses the fact that, for the first time in history, a large segment of the population in the western world is living without any form of religious belief.  While a number of writers have examined the implications of this shift, none have approached the phenomenon from the perspective of religious studies. The authors examine what has been lost from the point of view of sociology, psychology, and philosophy of religion. The book sits at the nexus of a number of important debates including: the role of religion in public life, the connection between religion and physical and psychological well-being, and the implications of the loss of ritual in terms of maintaining communities.

Keywords

religion and medicine atheism public religion de botton faith

Authors and affiliations

  • Gillian McCann
    • 1
  • Gitte Bechsgaard
    • 2
  1. 1.Nipissing UniversityNorth BayCanada
  2. 2.Vidya InstituteTorontoCanada

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-66499-6
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2017
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-66498-9
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-66499-6
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