Qualifying Secular Sacralizations


  • Frans Jespers Radboud University Nijmegen
  • David Kleijbeuker Radboud University Nijmegen
  • Yentl Schattevoet Radboud University Nijmegen




implicit religion, non-religion, secularity/secularization, sacralization


We propose a model for qualifying the experiences that people have with “free floating objects and events of religion.” The theories of implicit religion or nonreligion do not offer such a refinement. With the help of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age we conceptualize both religion and secularity in a positive way. Using Meerten ter Borg’s theory, we distinguish within the secular field three degrees of religiosity that are rather near to religion in the strict sense: (1) functional equivalents of religion, (2) moments of sacralization, and (3) fragments of sacralization. Some examples and analogies confirm the adequacy of this model.


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How to Cite

Jespers, F., Kleijbeuker, D., & Schattevoet, Y. (2013). Qualifying Secular Sacralizations. Implicit Religion, 15(4), 533–551. https://doi.org/10.1558/imre.v15i4.533