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Is secular religion a contradiction in terms? (15 Feb 2013) -

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The idea that secularity is the scourge of religion drives high-volume book sales by militant and not-so-militant atheists such as Christopher Hitchens, Richard Dawkins and Alain de Boton.

However Christian commentators on secularity such as Charles Taylor, Gianni Vattimo and Lloyd Geering have a more insightful and suggestive tale to tell, and Buddhists such as Stephen Batchelor and Winton Higgins are attempting to align the Buddha’s teaching with the intensifying secularity in today’s western culture and thought.

Are current accounts of Buddhist and Christian secularity pointing to the seeds of secularity as having been planted in these traditions, and can this give a new lease of life to both religions in late modern conditions?

Winton Higgins and Professor Lloyd Geering discussed ideas such as this, and more, on 15 February 2013 at St Andrew’s on The Terrace, in Wellington, New Zealand, and their discussion can be found on this DVD.

Lloyd Geering is Emeritus Professor of Religious Studies at Victoria University of Wellington and a minister emeritus of the Presbyterian Church.

Winton Higgins is a social science academic and writer who lives in Sydney. A secular Buddhist teacher, he fosters interest in the original teachings of the Buddha and their affinity with modern streams of thought and progressive social commitments.