Postmodernist Relativism: A Return to Polytheism?

Lorena Ortiz Cabrero

Abstract


Despite distancing themselves from traditional religions, (Western) post-secular societies are still heavily concerned with ‘spirituality’ and other forms of self-realisation. Within our working postmodernist framework, where ‘truth’, ‘knowledge’ and ‘God’ are found to be relative, this concern often translates into a combination of religiously inspired practices – such as (Hinduist) yoga or (Buddhist) meditation – and a scientific, modern approach to the knowledge of the world. Can this coexistence of practices be a new kind of polytheism? This paper shows that postmodernist, relativistic belief systems share the poly-, or multiplicity of approaches to life and reality, but not the -theist, or conceptualisation of their beliefs as ‘divine’.

Keywords


Religion; Postmodernism; Relativism; Polytheism; Belief systems

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.26481/mjla.2018.v10.581

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