Believing, Belonging, Begatting

The Implicit Sapiential Faith of Academia


  • William J. F. Keenan Liverpool Hope University



academic life, believing, belonging, begatting, implicit religion, sapiential faith


A transdisciplinary implicit religion framework is deployed to illuminate the cultic academic milieu of late modern university culture. Applying the three related “real” religion tropes (believing, belonging, begatting), structural and cultural features of subterranean “sapiential faiths” are identified and critiqued, with a view to enhancing reflexive knowledge of the academic form of life and contributing to the enlargement of the conversation on faith and reason.


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How to Cite

Keenan, W. J. F. (2014). Believing, Belonging, Begatting: The Implicit Sapiential Faith of Academia. Implicit Religion, 17(1), 11–46.