The narrative according to which secularization engenders toleration originated in the Enlightenment epoch and until recently had been largely taken for granted in the social sciences and humanities. It presumes that the progress of toleration is inseparably linked to the deepening secularization of modern society. This chapter shows how the disintegration of the grand theory of secularization and the scrutiny of the history of toleration have undermined the credibility of the influential narrative. In its place, we propose a theoretical framework that abandons the failed grand narratives yet retains the analytical concepts of multiple secularizations, desecularizations, and forms of toleration. We lay out the theoretical prolegomena for a cross-disciplinary reconsideration of toleration's relationship with secularization and desecularization, proposing an agency-focused approach to both phenomena.
|Title of host publication||Secularization, Desecularization, and Toleration|
|Subtitle of host publication||Cross-Disciplinary Challenges to a Modern Myth|
|Number of pages||39|
|State||Published - 22 Oct 2020|
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