How (Not) to Be Secular is what Jamie Smith calls "your hitchhiker's guide to the present" it is both a reading guide to Charles Taylor's monumental work A Secular Age and philosophical guidance on how we might learn to live in our times.
Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental, incisive analysis of what it means to live in the post-Christian present a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. Jamie Smith's book is a compact field guide to Taylor's insightful study of the secular, making that very significant but daunting work accessible to a wide array of readers.
Even more, though, Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is a practical philosophical guidebook, a kind of how-to manual on how to live in our secular age. It ultimately offers us an adventure in self-understanding and maps out a way to get our bearings in today's secular culture, no matter who "we" are whether believers or skeptics, devout or doubting, self-assured or puzzled and confused. This is a book for any thinking person to chew on.
|Publisher:||Eerdmans, William B. Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he also teaches in the congregational and ministry studies department.
Table of Contents
Introduction: Our Cross-Pressured Present: Inhabiting a Secular Age 1
1 Reforming Belief: The Secular as Modern Accomplishment 26
2 The Religious Path to Exclusive Humanism: From Deism to Atheism 47
3 The Malaise of Immanence: The "Feel" of a Secular Age 60
4 Contesting the Secularization2 Thesis 79
5 How (Not) to Live in a Secular Age 92
Conclusion: Conversions 132
Name Index 144
Subject Index 147