Is the Return of Religion the Return of Metaphysics? or, the Renewed Spirit of Capitalism in Post-Secular Age
In recent years, there has been growing interest in some of the recent heuristics in the fields of “digital religion” and “everyday religion” within the sociology of religion. The net result of this interest has been the broadening of the traditional social scientific definitions of religion beyond belief to include affectivity, sociality (belonging) and experience. I take the significance of these conceptual contributions to the sociology of religion to bear squarely on questions raised earlier by deconstruction regarding religion outside of the bounds of religion. By tying particular studies of contemporary religiosity from digital religion and everyday religion with the larger question of “religion without religion,” I bring to bear these resonant points with parallel developments on secularity and post-secularity. In assessing the major statements in the “post-secular” debates, including Talal Asad, Charles Taylor and Jurgen Habermas, alongside scholarship from “digital religion” and “everyday religion,” this paper goes on to argue that living in a post-secular age can also mean living in amid the “return” of metaphysics, specifically under the regime of what Scott Lash has labeled a “metaphysical capitalism” that demonstrates similar values as contemporary religion.