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Postsecularism Or Late Secularism? Faith Creating Place In The US

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This chapter critically reviews the concept of the postsecular in relation to place-making attributes of faiths in the US. It first addresses various conceptual and theoretical controversies, emanating from the application of postsecular thinking to that of cities. The chapter then substantiates the argument via a detailed case study based on fieldwork conducted among congregations in Philadelphia. It also reviews concept of the postsecular relevance in the U.S. context with reference to research among two faith-based organizations (FBOs) in Philadelphia. In addressing the postsecular as a more universal concept, the chapter draws upon Michiel Leezenberg's critiques of Habermas and like Leezenberg, suggest that, to a considerable extent, 'the postsecular' is a highly Eurocentric concept that, as framed by Habermas, has little utility for contemporary U.S. cities.

Keywords: faith-based organizations (FBOs); Philadelphia; postsecular society; U.S. cities



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