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Turkish anti-secularism a tragic mistake…

July 18th, 2016 · No Comments

Erdogan is Using This Failed Coup to Get Rid of the Last Vestiges of Secular Turkey: http://www.counterpunch.org/2016/07/18/erdogan-is-using-this-failed-coup-to-get-rid-of-the-last-vestiges-of-secular-turkey/

The destruction of Turkish secularism is a tragic mistake that will end up costing Turkey its place of leadership in the future of the Middle East. The whole question is proving a misfortune for the one society in the Islamic world that decisively embraced the future as modernity. Attempts to roll back this achievement will always backfire. It is hard for an outsider to grasp the full context of the situation now developing, and one might well admit the limits of Kemalism, but the fact of the matter is that Ataturk grasped the future of Islamic civilization and moved into the field of the manifold realizations of modernity. In theory, there is no problem with staging an Islamic Reformation and using this as a vehicle for a robust secularism that can deal with religion with something better than the new atheist now current, but in practice this has never really worked, and the reason is the undertow of a traditionalist legacy, and it fails to see the real course of the Christian Reformation which produced a modernist religious vehicle, but then rapidly moved on to create a more complex secularism. We see that reflected in stylized Quakerism, in Kant/Hegel and especially Schopenhauer who was a ‘atheist’ but not in the sense now current, and who reproduced the key to Upanishadism in modern language and concepts. So these remarks apply as well to Christianity.

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