Hebermas thinks it is important to emphasise that religious expression should not be crowded out of public discourse. On the contrary, he insists on the need to translate the contents of religious language into a secular one and thus to make them accessible to all. In this context, the concept “post-secular” which in the interim has exerted a major influence on the debate over the social role of religion – expresses the fact that modern societies should also expect that religions will continue to exist and should seek to engage them in a constructive dialogue.