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“Implicit Religion?”: What Might That Be?

Issue: Vol 15 No. 2 (2012)

Journal: Implicit Religion

Subject Areas: Religious Studies

DOI: 10.1558/imre.v15.i2.15481


The term “Implicit Religion” was (effectively) first coined in 1969, when it was adopted in preference to its predecessor, “secular religion.” The historical and ideological contexts of the concept will be sketched, before three definitions (or, better, “descriptions”) of the intended meaning are offered. Three studies, undertaken as test-cases for the utility of the concept, will be briefly reported, along with the subsequent development of study in the area of implicit religion, and its relationship with explicit religion and spirituality.

Author: Edward Bailey

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