Section II. Sacrilege and the Sacred

Table of Contents

6. Stretching the sacred
Durkheim and ‘the sacred’ in the social sciences
Religion to society
Society to religion
The sacred-profane distinction and the effects of ‘effervescence’
The sacred-profane distinction is not universal
The uses of the term ‘sacred’ and their normative content
7. Sacralising the profane, profaning the sacred
Sacralising what isn’t sacred
Blaspheming the sacred and the profane
Denialism in the democracies
Australian conundrums
‘Forgiving and forgetting’
8. Is that a human skull? All in the name of art!
Tibetan Buddhist practices
Historical European practices
9. The bourgeois sacred: Unveiling the ‘secular society’