Book Review: The Sacred in the Modern World: A CulturalSociological Approach by Gordon Lynch

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Woods, E. T. 2012. Book Review: The Sacred in the Modern World: A CulturalSociological Approach by Gordon Lynch. LSE Review of Books [blog].
AuthorsWoods, E. T.
Abstract

It is often claimed that we live in a secular age. But we do not live in a desacralized one. Sacred forms – whether in
‘religious’ or ‘secular’ guise – continue to shape social life in the modern world, giving rise to powerful emotions, polarized
group identities, and even the very concept of moral society. In his recent book, Gordon Lynch sets out a theory of the
sacred drawing on Durkheim’s work and asks us to develop moral reflexivity, which Eric Taylor Woods finds
unconvincing.

JournalLSE Review of Books [blog]
Year2012
PublisherLondon School of Economics
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Web address (URL)http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/lsereviewofbooks/2012/06/09/book-review-the-sacred-in-the-modern-world/
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Print09 Jun 2012
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Deposited12 Feb 2014
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