The Return of the Sacred: The Language of Religion and the Fear of Democracy in a Post-Secular World
The Mahesh Chandra Regmi Lecture 2007
13 December, Russian Cultural Centre, Kamalpokhari
The nineteenth-century European dream of continuous, irreversible decline of religion in the twentieth century did not prepare modern political and social theories, particularly contemporary theories of democracy, for a world in which religion has re-emerged as a post-modern phenomenon seeking to fill a void in private and public life. Important sections of the citizens have begun to see in religion ways of fighting the hazards of extreme individualism, loneliness, economism, and consumerism. They have made new demands on the modern state system that have disoriented the ruling elites in many democracies who seek to contain the demands by setting up garrison states.
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