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Aronov Lecture: “Spirituality, Religion and Science in a Post-Secular Age: Shifting Alignments”
April 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Professor Linell Cady, Arizona State Unviersity, will present the annual Aronov Lecture.
“Spirituality, Religion and Science in a Post-Secular Age: Shifting Alignments”
This lecture will explore the development of the genre of “spirituality and science” against the backdrop of the dominant religion-secular-science classifications. Science has come to exemplify secularity in the modern imagination, clearly differentiated from, and often in a conflictual relationship with, religion. The power and prestige of techno-science, tightly linked to the narrative of modern secular progress, helps to secure its claims to capturing what is real and true—public and shared—over against religion that has increasingly lost traction on claims to the real. The “science and spirituality” genre is a growing cultural movement that challenges the dominant meanings and relations among religion, secular, and science to forge a new settlement that selectively combines elements of each. I will explore several representative figures of this genre exploring the aims, dominant themes, and authorizing strategies of their writings. Highlighting these figures illuminates the hybrid post-secular cultural formations that fly under our radar screen. I will address the cultural significance of this movement as it seeks to destabilize and move beyond the interpretive constraints of the dominant model.