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Implicit Religion
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is a concept that seeks to overcome the categorical division between religious and non- religious behavior. The term has been used by Edward Bailey since 1968 to refer particularly (but not exclusively) to secular faith. It points to that aspect of humanity which may find expression in organized religion (or in anti-religious movements) or in behavior that is analogous to such religion, either in traditional societies or in industrial and post-industrial societies. Luckmann takes …

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Bailey, Edward I., “Implicit Religion”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 21 July 2019 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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