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review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor A Secular Age review ✓ 3 Charles Taylor × 3 download Virtually impossible not to believe in God becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others This purports to be an account of what it means to believe in god today versus say the year 1500 It s a hodgepodge of philosophy history almost 800 pages at times sloppy and meandering Certain chapters almost seem like book reports on whatever the author happened to be reading Charles Taylor is himself a brilliant philosopher and practicing Catholic Before reading this book I knew him through his remarkable essays on Heidegger Merleau Ponty and Gadamer in the Cambridge companions to all three he arguably steals the show surely one of their greatest heirs and interpreters writing in English Part of what intrigued me then was discovering what reasons an extremely intelligent person has for believing in godIn this respect the book was a bit of a disappointment Taylor flatly dismisses any logical arguments for god as beside the point The most he can offer is a deconstruction of the epistemology that s supposed to undergird atheism which is well and good but even if atheism is less certain than many of its proponents claim god may still seem like a wildly improbable proposition to many to me in fact Discussing this with a friend of mine who s a former Protestant seminarian turned unbeliever my friend suggested that as a Catholic Taylor himself doesn t actually have to believe he has the convenience of having the Pope believe for him Incidentally I ve since discovered the Protestant philosopher Alvin Plantinga while he doesn t have anything like Taylor s erudition he s able to give highly compelling arguments to defend belief from the charge of being irrationalNonetheless I recommend A Secular Age It s brimming with interesting ideas Even if the author doesn t come to any definite conclusions he s able to draw attention to a number of fascinating modern dilemmas

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review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor A Secular Age review ✓ 3 Charles Taylor × 3 download Is book takes up the uestion of what these changes mean of what precisely happens when a society in which it is A Secular Age By Charles Taylor The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2007 874 pages Parts IV and V pp 423 772 3995 Where does religion stand in a world of science and materialism In the final two sections of Charles Taylor s book A Secular Age he tackles this uestion Does religion have a chance against the modern day sciences and temptations and if so what does religion have to do to survive Taylor s intention for the book is to follow up his 1989 Sources of the Self in which he articulates a historical account of the meaning of human life Taylor includes the final two sections parts IV and V in his book in order to deal with matters that he wanted to discuss during his 1999 lectures which make up Parts I III but lacked the time and competence to treat properly ix Taylor a Canadian Philosopher won the Templeton Prize for the works that he put into his 1999 lectures and A Secular Age which shined light on spirituality and violence A Secular Age is a substantial book that reuires some time and concentration while reading Part IV Narratives of Secularization is broken up into three chapters The Age of Mobilization The Age of Authenticity and Religion Today Through these chapters Taylor explains the vital concepts that have controlled religion and society during the past seven centuries The Age of Mobilization illustrates the glory days of the Ancien R gime when religious hierarchy ruled the nations and political figures were venerated as divine appointees And conseuently Taylor illustrates that the end of the glory days of the Ancien R gime were followed by the Age of Mobilization which was driven by moral ideals and the desire for personal spirituality In the The Age of Authenticity Taylor explains the pros and cons of the pursuit of individual happiness 484 In the final chapter of part IV Religion Today Taylor draws on the western phenomenon of being spiritual but not religious 535 Part V includes six chapters The Immanent Frame Cross Pressures Dilemmas 1 Dilemmas 2 Unuiet Frontiers of Modernity and Conversions In Part V Conditions of Belief Taylor delves deeply into the world that often conflicts with religion particularly science materialism sexual pleasures and violence Throughout the chapters Taylor uses the terms neo Durkheimian paleo Durkheimian and post Durkheimian These terms are meant to illustrate the relationship between the church and the state In a neo Durkheimian culture people make their own moral decisions in relation to their church life for example they choose to join a denomination because it seems right to them 486 In paleo Durkheimian cultures people are forced to integrate into the religion of the state they are connected with God against their will 486 Post Durkheimian culture is what Taylor calls the mode of today similar to the neo Durkheimian people have the right to choose their own church but in post Durkheimian cultures joining a church you don t believe in seems not just wrong but absurd 489 Taylor uotes a post Durkheimian speaker at a New Age festival as saying Only accept what rings true to your own inner Self 489 Taylor tackles some tough philosophical issues like that of Nietzsche s death of God and Weber s end of the Enchanted World The death of God and science s refutation of religion have left society with nothing to believe in People have lost the ability to love and have devotion for a God that Taylor says sometimes just seems obvious 569 This atheistic modern humanist culture faces four major problems first to agree with Nietzsche s death of God means that one can no longer honestly lucidly sincerely believe in God second the rise of subtraction stories of modern humanism has eliminated the mythical stories that have thus far defined humanity third and I would say most importantly religion simply becomes unnecessary when technology gets to a certain level we don t need God any because we know how to get it anything that we need ourselves and finally forth religion is simply suppressed by science creating the gradual recession of religion in the modern secular age 573 4 This all leads to the end of the Enchanted World In the 1500s God was everywhere and the world was enchanted it was full of hope and security 25 But the modern world is Disenchanted it is a world without meaning 680 The disenchanted world is a world without hope or purpose the evils of the world are overwhelming and without a sense of God there is no protection from the loss dispersal evil blindness dullness emptiness or flatness 681 The reactions to the disenchanted world are either to shut the world out and turn off the news or to become part of the solution and to do something to heal the world Taylor s solution is exemplified in those who connect themselves to God like Mother Theresa of Calcutta who serves as an example of love and hope in the disenchanted world 684Taylor also tackles some hot topic issues or dilemmas such as sexual pleasures and violence He refers to Hugh Hefner several times and not in a negative way His point is that the roots of asceticism and self denial in Christianity have deprived the faithful of even healthy sexual relationships He explains that what we call today sex and violence could also be ways of connecting to the spiritsgods or higher world 612 Some people have rejected Christianity altogether because it sacrifices the joys of ordinary sensual bodily existence in the name of illusory ideals of abstinence and renunciation 627 Thus the neglecting of natural desires Taylor differentiates the natural from the promiscuous causes people to reject religion The second dilemma is that of violence Taylor explains that the problem with mixing religion and violence is that far too often religious people think that God is on their side and that their violence is justifiable because they are doing the will of God Seeing this as a flaw in the ideals of the religious Taylor challenges Christians to use the Gospel picture to form Christian counter violence 708 He proposes talking over fighting and commends Nelson Mandela for creating space for the good to triumph in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in South Africa 705 7 Taylor also proposes two necessities to overcome violence first non violence must be ordered by democratic polities and second try to make their democratic benefits spread as wide as possible eg by preventing the formation of desperate excluded groups particularly young men 708 Taylor s presupposition is that euality will lead to peace and by not ostracizing any groups there will be no need to fight or rebel My response to Taylor s A Secular Age is one of great respect He is undoubtedly correct when he says The secular age is schizophrenic or better deeply cross pressured 727 Much of the secular society yearns to have faith but struggles with the refutation of the divine by science their hearts want to believe but their minds won t let them There is no better word for this cultural phenomenon then that of societal schizophrenia My only critiues are that Taylor uses too much French without translation into English and that A Secular Age is slightly hard to get through the academic language makes it a challenge to read at times forcing the reader to stop and reread what heshe has just read For those who are pressed for time I would recommend concentrating on chapters thirteen fifteen and seventeen for they are the most fascinating chapters in the final parts of A Secular Age dealing with the hot topic issues discussed above My final thought comes from Taylor s last chapter Conversions the Christian Church of the ancient world focused its energy on service institutions like hospitals and hospices for the needy 737 Faith was learned and spread through the practice of charity Today however churches have handed charitable work over to the secular bodies losing its practice of caring for those in need Together with Taylor I believe that for churches to survive in this Secular Age they need to practice what they preach and turn their words into actions Otherwise science will trump religion and the personal desire for spirituality will cause the nations to grow even schizophrenic than they are now Science may have some of the answers but the rest of the answers can come only through faithElizabeth KeyesBoston University School of Theology

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review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor A Secular Age review ✓ 3 Charles Taylor × 3 download Almost everyone would agree that the place of religion in our societies has changed profoundly over the years Th In my Fall 2013 semester at Baylor I formed and organized a reading group to keep each other accountable and plow our way through Taylor s organization is often hard to follow partly because of his repetition Taylor is Catholic so his anti Reformation attitude is expected Taylor is also unashamedly modern meaning that he is willing to jettison traditionalbiblical doctrines in favor of a palatable modern sensibility so despite many insights of the book deserving five stars he balances the good parts eg his resistance to facile subtraction theories his definition of secular3 and the attendant cross pressures etc with puny Christianity see pp 646 56 for examples And if I evaluate A Secular Age as a trustworthy book that can lead other Christians through our secular age I can t give it than three stars and even the 3 star it was good rating is generous The final few pages pp 770 76 convinced me that my theory that Taylor is a Brad Gregory in sheep s clothing is correct Both Taylor and Gregory are happy to lay the blame for contemporary exclusive humanism at the feet of the late medieval drive for Reform but if we re telling a story here let s not forget the reason that so many people thought that wide spread reform was necessary in the first place the theological and moral corruption of late medieval CatholicismJames K A Smith blogs through his reading here and even wrote a guidebook How Not to Be Secular which I reviewed in Modern ReformationAlan Jacobs on Fantasy and the Buffered SelfTaylor as a theologian of the secular status uoBrief information at The Gospel Coalition mainly on Sources of the Self see extensive review hereReview of literature re the post secular and literatureSome random notesIntroduction5 8 desire17 18 Stoicism also 112 114ff 116 Senecan and Epictetian Stoicism are differentCh 1 The Bulwarks of Belief30 mind cf Idea in Platonism vs I have an idea in my head42 Rogation Day is April 25 connected to Ascension Day46 longingCarnival also 130 32 13551 May 1552 53 Utopia55 56 time cf Leithart s Deep Comedy Augustine s Confessions58 place vs space HamletMarcellus60 Ideas thoughts of the creator69 negation of personal holiness metanoia repentance Purgatory merit indulgences70 devotio moderna Kempis individual71 72 Erasmus75 Luther on reversing fear negation76 Erasmus was not in favor of a raging Reformation77 anti Reformation vocation78 79 only a few saved83 paralyzing melancholy cf Burton s Anatomy of Melancholy85 anti Reformation86 87 carnival turning the world upside down also 101 103 109 123 24 129 13587 Brant s Ship of FoolsCh 2 The Rise of the Disciplinary Society92 God as artist cithar99 man as genius100 Aristotle fullness in the city108 Foucault and madnessinsanityfools114 artists and imitationcreation cf p 99115 reason Providence116 free will117 political order and state activism also 107 130119 neo Stoicism and Calvinism connect with Donnelly HobbesCalvin119 20 Calvinist eschewal of violence golden society innovation122 Augustine didn t assume total reform was possible126 Natural law132 33 Plato and reason free will and DescartesCh 3 The Great DisembeddingCh 4 Modern Social Imaginaries161 realized also 166 already but not yet163 Ancient Constitution164 oratores bellatores laborates medieval hierarchy165 all callings are eual in God s sight Plato s Republic167 egalitarianism vs complementarianism168 law of lesser magistrates Charles I169 resisting the subtraction theory178 absolute rule Louis XIV179 vocation see p 165181 Pope s Essay on Man184 economics desplaced war195 gathered time197 98 resistance see p 169Ch 5 The Spectre of IdealismCh 6 Providential Deism231233 Reformation bashing262 Calvin bashing also 274 see p 804n59 Jefferson and Paine euate Calvinism with atheism because Calvin s God is so repulsive at p 262 Taylor seems to agree with Enlightenment thinkers that the concepts of original sin and the juridical penal version of the atonement are deeply flawed266 upset about Reformed vocation268 69 litotes nature of present society described as disenchanted perfect tenseCh 7 The Impersonal Order275 79 Platonism277 history enters eternity as gathered time see p 195 felix culpa278 anti Calvin282 ethics Grotius Utilitarianism Kant Aristotle Christian Locke Rousseau284 Lovejoy and plenitudeCh 8 The Malaises of Modernity299 Romantic period and authenticity305 7 theodicy312 Kant sounds theistic but he turns towards anthropocentrismCh 9 The Dark Abyss of Time323 social imaginary324 Aristotle thought the world was eternal also p 332324 25 things as signs335 36 man as steward of creation cf p 266339 arcadia wilderness346 Kant vs Schopenhauer334 ruinsCh 10 The Expanding Universe of Unbelief352 mimesis vs creation also p 353354 55 modern art as disembodied for original activities355 two kinds of disembedding337 see Flannigan s Milton anthology p 67n17359 Romantics prized creativity didn t preclude God362 anti Reformation vocation also p 370364 Reformation disenchantment364 connection between materialism and adulthood weak faith to begin with367 no responsibility370 uestioning the uest for the good life369 immanent counter Enlightenment372 literature departments374 76 1500 2000 summary orderCh 11 Nineteenth Century Trajectories379 mythMythus380 84 Arnold and culture388 89 theodicy389 Calvinpuppet394 synthesis395 Victorian self control see earlier in the book397 English Romanticism398 humanism and altruism412 problem of democracy413 anti Reformation fission417 justification for war seemed weak war to end all wars promised a better future402 07 Bloomsbury groupCh 12 The Age of Mobilization425 patronizing Calvinism427 28 presuppositional apologetics also p 436427 29 defining religion also p 437439 folk ritual manipulation440 41 elite Reformers trashed popular rituals without replacing them with anything442 Reformers destroyers445 English Reformers bullies448 50 denominationalism459 60 ancient regime vs mobilization464 65 468 69 feastcelebrations being suppressed or cleaned up470 anti Puritan471 72 confessional age Christian ghettosCh 13 The Age of Authenticity473 expressivismRomanticism also 474 75 478 480 81 483 84 486 87 489 92 506 7 510 512 527 825474 consumer and youth culture private space481 mutual display484 tolerance487 88 Moral Majority and the Christian Right488 89 emotion vs reason489 Schleiermacher494 95 gender issues496 seven deadly sins496 97 fear and threats497 Calvin bashing no assurance positive on p 499498 99 reasons for the focus on sexuality499 50 features of the sexual revolution500 anti Puritan503 the turn of Vatican 2Ch 14 Religion Today510 Reformation bashing511 Loyola story saints508 13 religion vs spirituality Taylor likes the nova effect514 retreat of Christendom also 518518 festive resists immanence cf Pieper festival on p 519522 reference to McLuhan and hotcool theory527 culture wars530 desire also 495530 another subtraction theory531 great summary paragraph532 separation of church and state532 another shot at CalvinismCh 15 The Immanent Frame542 ReformationPuritan bashing grace vs nature546 festive546 47 Protestant bashing and vocation547 Christian Fundamentalists548 Victor Hugo felt cross pressured549 20c materialism wasn t all great either550 open or closed spins leap of faith natural to be closed also pp 551 and 553552 atonal banshee of emerging egomania554 55 Enlightenment ethics Hume and Kant555 the immanent frame tips us in a certain direction but we feel cross pressures557 Wittgenstein cf Tolkien s Mythopoeia p 549 too561 62 pusillanimity vs courage563 Taylor resists the idea that a moral outlook bowed to brute facts564 Barrie Peter Pan and the holding on to a childishness Hardy s poem about oxen kneeling566 science is part of the story but not all of it p 564566 Our stance entrenches us in a picture Wittgenstein567ff issue of Science has refuted God Othello analogy568 Desdemona s voice as a metaphor570 Arnold s Dover Beach571 individualism572 the subtraction theory doesn t account for the universal claims of exclusive humanism573 master narratives story language on pp 574 75 579 86574 75 KantEnlightenmentdaring to know583 Camus and absurdity586 Camus and revolt586 87 Nietzsche s Will to Power exhilaration not loss591 hard to erase religion because the subtraction story necessarily retains itCh 16 Cross Pressures594 master narrative see p 573594 immanent frame definition595 2 kinds of materialism595 BF Skinner596 97 3 issues materialists can t account for597 me difference between ethics and morality597 Freud morality is self evident598 caught between extreme positions and hesitancy to choose599 Romantics and creativityspontaneity606 Dawkins and pietywonder609 Romantics and creativity see p 599610 desire also pp 612614611 Reformation bashing613 excarnation609 17 modern aspiration to wholenessCh 17 Dilemmas 1618 evil as a sickness therapy624 Taylor says Calvin thinks that most people go to Hell625 OdysseusCalypso Sarah Clark Christ chose Penelope626 Christian disgust at the body few people want to follow Nietzsche627 28 Reformed vocation connected to sexual revolution via homecoming to simple pleasures630 war and human courage634 Plato and the turn to the good634 36 Nietzscheans oppose normalizing humanism as well as Christians640 Plato vs Aristotle643 Taylor doesn t think that Christianity has any lasting answers for this life643 44 misprision644 45 Socrates and Jesus646 transformed desires648 56 anthropocentric turnclimate wrath atonement theories decline of Hell suffering648 Reformation vocation652 Calvin s horrible doctrine of double predestination653 Taylor is happily modern violence justifies the crusades654 felix culpa modern view of suffering655 very Catholic views652 analogical vs univocal653 Taylor tips his hand on the atonement issue656 Hell is empty659 carnival663 sola fide665 several literature authors mentioned670 71 on HellCh 18 Dilemmas 2697 solidarity696 99 paradox of human potential701 02 Camus and heroism cf Christian reciprocitycommunity708 10 program to overcome violenceCh 19 Unuiet Frontiers of Modernity711 Romantic art712 King s Two Bodies and Carnival Carnival also on p 715715 ringing key chains716 July 4 July 14 May 3711 20 issues of secular time vs higher time720 21 all joy strives for eternity720 26 death and meaning727 how is it not a contradiction for Catholics not to obey the pope s moral injunctionsCh 20 Conversions728 interconnectedness of Bede G Vaclav Havel etc729 30 fullness733 Maritain vs Luther Descartes and Rousseau734 Eliot and Christian culture846 postmillennialism735 37 anti Luther 2 Kingdoms Christianity and moral order738 Good Samaritan moral rules also p 742741 frisson742 Reformation bashing737 44 attack on Christendom744 two ways of responding to the present order745 no golden age of Christianity748 inevitability of decline749 anti force universalism no Hell P guy thought that the Catholic Index was absurd750 religion morality hope as the highest virtue752 Trent vs Vatican 2753 Vatican 1 vs Vatican 2752 55 Taylor seems too relative754 55 new itineraries755 58 post Romantic theory of poetry symbols reflexive turn758 59 fragility of language761 65 Hopkins766 Kulturkampf768 two views of the future768 69 too much reality769 fullness770 72 Reformation bashing homogenizing771 danger of excoriationEpilogue The Many Stories773 nominalism and mechanistic science and Reform destroyed the medieval Christian cosmos774 75 Intellectual Deviation ID and Reform Master Narrative RMN as complementary theoriesRadical OrthodoxyEndnotes818 definition of Master Narrative822 Imperialism826 subtraction story830 Casanova s book on secularization theory833 34n19 faith is stronger when it arises amid alternatives


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    Charles Taylor × 3 download review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor review A Secular Age This is a monster of a book and I am taking my sweet time with it setting it aside at intervals to digest what I've encountered and partake of other books in order that there not be a vast gulf in which Taylor and I are lost in a slow dance As for what is inside the tome it's an intellectual tour de force thoughtful insightful generous an utter masterpiece; but it must be said that Taylor loves his digressions and perambulations and topi

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    EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor Charles Taylor × 3 download review A Secular Age If I'd had any idea that this book devolves in its second half into a tendentious straw man targeting apologetic for the necessity of Christianity for modern civilization I wouldn't have cut it so much slack for its lazy distortions of Foucault Nietzsche and other thinkers not to mention its gender essentialism in its engaging fir

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    review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor Charles Taylor × 3 download EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor In my Fall 2013 semester at Baylor I formed and organized a reading group to keep each other accountable and plow our way through Taylor's organization is often hard to follow partly because of his repetition Taylor is Cat

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    EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor A Secular Age By Charles Taylor The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press 2007 874 pages Parts IV and V pp 423 772 3995 Where does religion stand in a world of science and materialism In the final two sections of Charles Taylor’s book A Secular Age he tackles this uestion Does religion have a chance against the modern day sciences and temptations and if so what does religion have to do to survive Taylor’s intention for th

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    EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor Charles Taylor × 3 download Charles Taylor's Secular AgeThe Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor has written extensively on the interplay between the religious and secular attitudes towards life His recent book A Secular Age explores this relationship

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    Charles Taylor × 3 download review Ô eBook or Kindle ePUB × Charles Taylor EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor Wow Absolutely fantastic This is certainly one of the best most challenging books that I have ever read I am still turning over in my mind many of the points Taylor makes Reading this book reminds me why I read dif

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    EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor Unlike most people I enjoy it when Jehovah Witnesses come to my door The first thing I do is take them out of their closed world system a term used by this author and try to figure out why they believe the book they have in their hand is the inerrant word of God I want to know how they justify their original premises before I give their selective scripture reading any merit Similarly Freudian Psychology Psychoanalysis can never

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    Charles Taylor × 3 download EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor This purports to be an account of what it means to believe in god today versus say the year 1500 It's a hodgepodge of philosophy history almost 800 pages at times sloppy and meandering Certain chapters almost seem like book reports on whatever the author happened to be reading Charles Taylor is himself a brilliant philosopher and pr

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    EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor Charles Taylor × 3 download review A Secular Age I read most of this book I skipped some chaptersI'll probably read it again thoroughly this summer and I have to say it's fascinating and one of the best accounts of secularization out there Taylor's basic uestion is why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in 1500 but it is uite easy now to not believe in God Going against the typical secularization narrative ie that modern science made it impossible because we have been di

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    review A Secular Age Charles Taylor × 3 download EBOOK or PDF (A Secular Age) å Charles Taylor There is a great thin book hidden somewhere in this overweight book I don't blame Charles Taylor I blame his editor Someone should have told h

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