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Michael Healy

Celebration for the Religious and the Secular Man

Dec. 26, 2011, at 12:04pm

The experience of life, of death, of time, of celebration—e.g., Christmas—is decidedly different for the religious man compared to the secular man.  Mircea Eliade, in his book The Sacred and the Profane, offers four points of difference here (pp. 202-206).

            The religious man believes that there is an absolute reality, the sacred, transcending but manifesting itself in this world and making it real.  Second, he not only believes that life has a sacred origin but also that persons can only be fulfilled to the extent that they are genuinely religious, i.e., in contact with the sacred.  Third, he believes that the history of this world and of his own life involves the history of

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