THE SACRED IN THE MODERN WORLD
A Cultural Sociological Approach

GORDON LYNCH
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It is often claimed that we live in a secular age. But we do not live in a desacralised one. Sacred forms -- whether in 'religious' or 'secular' guise -- continue to shape social life in the modern world, giving rise to powerful emotions, polarised group identities and even the very concept of moral society. Lynch reflects upon the ways in which sacred commitments can both serve as a moral resource for social life and legitimate horrifying acts of collective evil. He concludes by reflecting on how we might live thoughtfully and responsibility under the light and shadow that the sacred casts, asking whether society without the sacred is possible or desirable.