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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the book The Dialectics of the Religious and the Secular: Studies on the Future of Religion, which deals with Frankfurt School's Critical Theory and its continuing relevance in addressing the relevancy of religion in the continuing crises of modern civil society and its globalization. The book focuses specifically on Theodor W. Adorno's theological concept of bilderverbot and connects this to his utopian thought about the possibilities of world transformation. It offers a critical commentary on one of Ernst Bloch's most neglected pieces, namely, the bravura Philosophy of Music section that opens his Spirit of Utopia. The book investigates the origin and nature of religious discourse that assumes the existence of supernatural realities as opposed to the modern, scientific discourse, which is based on observable phenomena.

Keywords: Frankfurt School's critical theory; modern civil society; philosophy of music; religion; Theodor W. Adorno's theological concept

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