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Restless Secularism: Modernism and the Religious Inheritance

Matthew Mutter


Restless Secularism explores the efforts of modernist writers to articulate a viable secular imagination, to trace the relation of this secular imagination to the Christian culture from which it emerged, and to purify secular life of its religious residues. Yet it is also a study of the difficulty modernists have disentangling themselves from religious modes of understanding and experiencing the world, and emphasizes the persistent appeal of religious forms of imagination. The book contends that secularism has a distinct and historically contingent imaginary; it traces the modernist struggle b ... More

Keywords: Secularism, Religion, Modernism, Evil, Imaginary, Anthropomorphism, Belief

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780300221732
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: January 2018 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300221732.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Matthew Mutter, author
Bard College