Religion after Secularization in Australia

  • Timothy Stanley

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xix
  2. The Australian Case

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Stephen A. Chavura, Ian Tregenza
      Pages 3-31
    3. Marion Maddox
      Pages 49-73
    4. Kathleen McPhillips
      Pages 119-135
  3. After Secularization

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 137-137
    2. Matthew Chrulew
      Pages 139-157
    3. Michael Hoelzl
      Pages 177-190
    4. Timothy Stanley
      Pages 191-210
  4. Epilogue

    1. Gary D. Bouma
      Pages 211-220
  5. Back Matter
    Pages 221-233

About this book


 Religion's persistent and new visibility in political life has prompted a significant global debate. One of this debate's key features concerns the nature and impact of secularization. This collection of essays draws together leading sociologists, historians, philosophers of religion, and political theorists in order to provide a broad and up-to-date account of religion after secularization. Contributors explore the meaning and conceptual legacies of religion, as well as the unique features of the Australian case such as religion as it relates to law, education, gender, media, and radical political movements. Intervening in the current debate, this book provides summative accounts of the historical, cultural, and legal interactions that have informed Australia’s relationship to religion and secularization. Contributors critically analyze and engage with secular political theory concerning the public sphere, while also dissecting deliberative politics and democratic practices. This book propels the debate over religion’s place in public life in new directions and promotes urgently needed public understanding. 


democracy education gender Ideologie interaction law Nation nature philosophy political theory politics religion sociology transformation utopia

Editors and affiliations

  • Timothy Stanley
    • 1
  1. 1.School of Humanities and Social SciencesUniversity of NewcastleAustralia

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