Lecture: Godless Secularism: Europe, India and Religion
By Faisal Devji, St Antony’s College, University of Oxford
Since the 1980s it has become commonplace to talk about the global return of religion and the consequent crisis of secularism. About this supposed fact both its defenders and critics agree. This lecture will argue the opposite: that our ideas of what it means to be modern have been put into question by the waning and not revival of religion in its metaphysical aspect. The problem we face today is how to think about secularism without God. What does this crisis of religion look like in Europe, and does its Indian history have anything to teach us about our present?