The article theorizes the vibrating relations between religion, politics and nationalism in the Bulgarian post-communist public sphere. “Secularization without secularism” was the formula of the communist politicization of religion. The post-communist religionization of politics and politicization of religion are analyzed through the symbolic mapping of religions, the structural affinities between nationalism and Orthodox Christianity, the contestatory de-secularization, the secularized Othering, and the de-secularized identity. The author forges the notion of “elastic (post)secularism” in order to conceptualize the eclectic, diverse, and often contrary forms of the post-communist politicization of the religious, which, in some cases, stretch it by way of a kaleidoscopic set of narratives and arguments toward secularism, and in others, toward post-secularization. Unlike Kristen Ghodsee’s symphonic secularism, which regards the relation between religion and politics from the point of view of religion, elastic (post)secularism considers it from the point of view of politics.
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