A Secular Age / Edition 1

A Secular Age / Edition 1

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by Charles Taylor
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674026764

ISBN-13: 9780674026766

Pub. Date: 10/15/2007

Publisher: Harvard University Press

What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we--in the West, at least--largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean--of what, precisely, happens

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What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age? Almost everyone would agree that we--in the West, at least--largely do. And clearly the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly in the last few centuries. In what will be a defining book for our time, Charles Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean--of what, precisely, happens when a society in which it is virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith, even for the staunchest believer, is only one human possibility among others.

Taylor, long one of our most insightful thinkers on such questions, offers a historical perspective. He examines the development in "Western Christendom" of those aspects of modernity which we call secular. What he describes is in fact not a single, continuous transformation, but a series of new departures, in which earlier forms of religious life have been dissolved or destabilized and new ones have been created. As we see here, today's secular world is characterized not by an absence of religion--although in some societies religious belief and practice have markedly declined--but rather by the continuing multiplication of new options, religious, spiritual, and anti-religious, which individuals and groups seize on in order to make sense of their lives and give shape to their spiritual aspirations.

What this means for the world--including the new forms of collective religious life it encourages, with their tendency to a mass mobilization that breeds violence--is what Charles Taylor grapples with, in a book as timely as it is timeless.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674026766
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
10/15/2007
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
896
Sales rank:
145,041
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 2.00(d)

Table of Contents

Preface

Introduction

Part I: The Work of Reform

1. The Bulwarks of Belief

2. The Rise of the Disciplinary Society

3. The Great Disembedding

4. Modern Social Imaginaries

5. The Spectre of Idealism

Part II: The Turning Point

6. Providential Deism

7. The Impersonal Order

Part III: The Nova Effect

8. The Malaises of Modernity

9. The Dark Abyss of Time

10. The Expanding Universe of Unbelief

11. Nineteenth-Century Trajectories

Part IV: Narratives of Secularization

12. The Age of Mobilization

13. The Age of Authenticity

14. Religion Today

Part V: Conditions of Belief

15. The Immanent Frame

16. Cross Pressures

17. Dilemmas 1

18. Dilemmas 2

19. Unquiet Frontiers of Modernity

20. Conversions

Epilogue: The Many Stories

Notes

Index

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A Secular Age 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Pastorinada More than 1 year ago
The book is pretty deep and takes much time to read. If one is interested in "how" the western nations got to a point where the words "God and Religion" need not be mentioned for one to have a normal life, this volume goes into detail. The author's arguments "build" on themselves. So following the chapters in sequence helps make sense of the book. The author does a good job at clarifying his terms. The book is well researched. Probably a class in either Humanities, Theology or basic Philosophy would serve one well before reading this book. It has many good intellectual "nuggets" in it if one takes the time to "mine them."
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