In Discovering Religious History in the Modern Age Hans Kippenberg argues that the history of religions is the creative work-product of a cultural and political identity crisis, one in which the comparative history of religions became a means for some European scholars to uncouple from an increasingly halfhearted attachment to Christianity and re-experience their own history in a dynamic new form. A future for religion was thus found in the creation of innovative categories for the re-imagining of the past. For this reason Kippenberg rightly posits that the early scholars of religion are best read as “classical theorists of a modern age in which past religion still has a future” (xvi). We argue that the influential critical social theorist Jürgen Habermas, one of the most vocal proponents of the unfinished project of Enlightenment and the conceptual architect of postmetaphysical thinking, has much in common with these early scholars of religion.
DillonMicheleGorskiPhilip S.Kyuman KimDavidTorpeyJohnVanAntwerpenJonathanJürgen Habermas and the post-secular appropriation of religion: A sociological critiqueThe Post-Secular in Question: Religion in Contemporary Society2012New YorkNew York University Press249278
MendietaEduardoA postsecular world society? On the philosophical significance of postsecular consciousness and the multicultural world society: An interview with Jürgen HabermasThe Immanent Frame2010accessed on July 29 2013http://blogs.ssrc.org/tif/2010/02/03/a-postsecular-world-society