Reading Charles Taylor. Christianity Today Book Award Winner 2015 What does it mean to say we live in a secular world? Charles Taylor's landmark book "A Secular Age" provides a monumental history and analysis of what it means for us to live in our post-Christian present, a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. This book by Jamie Smith is a small field guide to Taylor's genealogy of the secular, making it accessible to a wide array of readers. Smith's 'How (Not) to Be Secular' is also, however, a philosophical guidebook for practitioners a kind of how-to manual that ultimately offers guidance on how to live in a secular age. It's an adventure in self-understanding and a way to get our bearings in postmodernity. Whether one is proclaiming faith to the secularized or is puzzled that there continue to be people of faith in this day and age, this is a philosophical story meant to help us locate where we are and what's at stake.
Illuminates the dynamics and tensions of our "secular" age; an intelligent guide to navigating today's culture.
â€œTaylor is the author of a monumental study of contemporary life called A Secular Age, which explores the widespread loss of religious sensibility in modern life. His work exposing the ideology of secularism has important implications for contemporary apologetics, evangelism, and ministry. But itâ€™s so technical and sophisticated that it is mainly accessible to academics. Smith has offered not a CliffsNotes style simplification, but a paradigm-shifting book that creatively applies Taylorâ€™s findings to the church and the larger society.â€ â€”Gene Edward Veith, provost, Patrick Henry College
"Charles Taylorâ€™s crucial book on our secular age is inaccessible for most people, including the church leaders who desperately need to learn from its insight. Jamie Smithâ€™s book is the solution to this problem. As a gateway into Taylorâ€™s thought, this volume (if read widely) could have a major impact on the level of theological leadership that our contemporary church is getting. It could also have a great effect on the quality of our communication and preaching. I highly recommend this book." --Tim Keller, Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City
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