Ambiguidades da secularização entre modernidade e pós-modernidade

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The article starts by considering a kind of dialectics, inherent to modernity, concerning the connection with the sacred, which ended up implicating motions in spheres considered “profane”. The late modernity and the so-called return of the religious just came to better reveal these dialectics. From this results a possible reading of the modern secularization as a “secular” sacralization, as the extent of a new absolute. On the contrary, the secularization theological tradition can be understood as a critical relativization of the secular, in a permanent process of “undeification”. This seems to correspond, in strange compensation, to a way of neo-sacralization grounded on the non-theological religious – on a religion without God. It is in this ambivalent dynamism that enables discussion of the elements that marked the ambiguities of modern secularization: the absolutism of nature, the recovery of a civil religion, the deification of scientific reason, among many other versions.
Original languagePortuguese
Pages (from-to)19-35
JournalComunicação & Cultura
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - 2011


  • Religion
  • Modernity
  • Post-modernity
  • Secularization
  • Theology

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