According to the most conventional perspectives, secularism, naturalism and the modern democratic ideals go all hand-to-hand in an inseparable unit that defines the way in which debates in the public arena should be grounded. Only from such a beliefs-proof standpoint, claim the orthodox, it would be possible to clear the path for gaining a consistent and realistic understanding of the political issues that govern our time.
But times have changed, and with them, new needs for a multilayer interpretation of the social practices and structures have arisen, including a demand for the inclusion of religious and spiritual visions in a dialogue that, rather than condemning differences to the ostracism of the private, call for their participation in the definition of what open and inclusive debates in the public arena really are.
Post-secularism, the name assigned to this new effort, is then a call for listening to all possible voices as part of the ongoing processes of construction, revision and bettering of social agendas for the contemporary democratic societies. Such is the reason why “The Challenges of Babel: Post-secularism, pluralism and democracy” has been chosen as the title for the fifth edition of COMIUCAP´s World Congress.