Postsecularist discourse, as it has been fashioned in recent years, cannot really handle the problem of atheism—especially an atheism predicated not on the nonexistence of God but on the irrelevance of God. Arguing for the latter takes atheism outside the epistemological orbit of belief. What enables the whole framework to stand together is a tragic view of the universe, which privileges the immanent sense of wonder over the transcendental sense of miracle.

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