Secular Judaism: Construction, Contraction, or Contradiction
By substantive percentages, Jews by religion are the most secular of American religious groups. This is amply demonstrated through the presentation and analysis of relevant poll data. At the same time, significant questions remain unaddressed: How do we determine the number and identity of American Jews? What are American Jews describing when they self-identify as secular and/or designate others as religious? Is it possible to be both a secularist/humanist and a Jew by religion? If so, are the universal and particularistic elements compatible that characterize each? How much of Jewish ritual and practice do secular Jews practice? How do they reconcile their understanding of such activities with a humanistic vision? These are questions that this paper addresses, making use of data provided both by adherents of secular Judaism and those who study them.|Keywords: Jews, Judaism, American Jews and Judaism, secular Jews and Judaism, humanist Jews and Judaism
Greenspoon, L. (2018). Secular Judaism: Construction, Contraction, or Contradiction. Supplement Series for the Journal of Religion & Society Supplement Series, 17, 167-174.
Rabbi Myer and Dorothy Kripke Center, Creighton University
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