Dialectics of Secularization

May 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

When secularized citizens act in their role as citizens of the state, they must not deny in principle that that religious images of the world have the power to express truth.  Nor must they refuse their believing fellow citizens the right to make contributions in a religious language to public debates.  Indeed, a liberal political culture can expect that the secularized citizens play their part in the endeavors to translate relevant contributions from the religious language into a language that is accessible to the public as a whole. (51-2)

–          Jurgen Habermas, The Dialectics of Secularization (2006)

And I dreamed I saw the bombers

Riding shotgun in the sky,

And they were turning into butterflies

Above our nation.

We are stardust (million year old carbon)

We are golden (caught in the devil’s bargain)

And we’ve got to get ourselves

Back to the garden.

–          Joni Mitchell, “Woodstock” (1969)


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