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dc.contributor.authorBorer, Michael I.en_US
dc.date.accessioned2019-08-01T16:52:38Z
dc.date.issued2001
dc.date.submitted2001
dc.identifier.otherb23932612
dc.identifier.urihttps://hdl.handle.net/2144/36771
dc.descriptionThesis (M.A.)--Boston Universityen_US
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dc.description.abstractWhat can a study of non-theism tell us about the transformation of religious life in America? Non-theism, as an alternative religion, challenges the traditional theological and theoretical boundaries traditionally drawn between the sacred and the profane, religion and science, God and humanity. The advent of American non-theism, characterized by a worldview that does not rely on God, gods, or supernaturalism to answer humanity's "ultimate concerns," does not indicate a shift from belief to unbelief, nor religion to non-religion, but rather a shift from one form of religion to another. Once we recognize that non-theism denotes a change in the form of religion, rather than a decline in religiosity, we can forego the secularization thesis and focus instead on a crucial shift from unquestioned belief to critical inquiry. This change in religious life is not only indicative of non-theism; it is a key characteristic of the post-traditional American religious landscape.en_US
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dc.publisherBoston Universityen_US
dc.subjectNon-theismen_US
dc.subjectAtheismen_US
dc.subjectGoden_US
dc.subjectTheologyen_US
dc.subjectUnited Statesen_US
dc.titleGodless Americans: non-theism as an alternative American religionen_US
dc.typeThesis/Dissertationen_US
dc.description.embargo2031-01-01
etd.degree.nameMaster of Artsen_US
etd.degree.levelmastersen_US
etd.degree.disciplineReligionen_US
etd.degree.grantorBoston Universityen_US
dc.identifier.barcode11719022833802
dc.identifier.mmsid99188839040001161


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