Our Secular Age: Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor
“Charles Taylors A Secular Age is a landmark book, and the essays collected here ponder it intelligently and charitably. Some echo Taylor, some extend his ideas, some contest his claims, but all engage his argument with a seriousness that the book deservesand that Christs church needs.”See All
distinguished professor of humanities in the honors program at Baylor University
“The social imaginary, the buffered self, and the immanent framethese Charles Taylor neologisms and more are illuminated and expounded (and critiqued) in this helpful collection of essays, shedding light on aspects of our present age, from theology to politics and from art and to medicine. After reading these chapters, I was compelled to do two things: (1) I revised the sermon I was to preach the next day, and (2) I went online and ordered A Secular Age. I want to know more!”See All
Bill Kynes (PhD
Cambridge), senior pastor of Cornerstone Evangelical Free Church, Annandale, Virginia
“Easily one of the best books Ive read this year. Here is wisdom from Taylor, received with appreciation and appropriate criticism, with application for Christians on mission in North America in the 21st century.”See All
Bible and reference publisher at B&H, author of This Is Our Time: Everyday Myths In Light of the Gospel
“To be secular, says philosopher Charles Taylor, is to have no final goals beyond this-worldly human flourishing. This is only one of the many insights from which pastors can pro t from Taylors work in their ministry of the gospel to an age that has substituted spirituality and authenticity for religion and doctrine. The essays in this helpful volume do more than borrow from Taylor: they engage, question, develop, and occasionally criticize his influential account of our complex cultural moment in which we allmoderns and postmoderns, millennials and non-millennialsare trying to live, move, and have our being as disciples of Jesus Christ. Reading and applying the insights of those who have read and applied Taylor is a salutary exercise in understanding oneself and others in an age that is not only secular, but fragile, frustrated, and confused.”See All
Kevin J. Vanhoozer
research professor of systematic theology, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
“As Christians, we sometimes misunderstand not only the answers our secular neighbors have but the questions they are asking too. No philosopher has offered more insight regarding the state of belief in the modern age than Charles Taylor. In Our Secular Age, first-rate evangelical scholars and practitioners deliver 13 essays in which they explore and apply Taylors thought. This work will bene t all Christians by teaching them to communicate the gospel to a secular culture with neither ignorance nor fear.”See All
president, Ethics & Religious Liberty Commission of the Southern Baptist Convention
How did faith go from assumed to assaulted?
Probably no book published in the last decade has been so ambitious as Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age. He seeks nothing less than to account for the spread of secularism and decline of faith in the last 500 years.
Now a remarkable roster of writers—including Carl Trueman, Michael Horton, and Jen Pollock Michel—considers Taylor’s insights for the church’s life and mission, covering everything from healthcare to liturgy to pop culture and politics.
Nothing is easy about faith today. But endurance produces character, and character produces hope, even in our secular age.
Table of Contents
- Hope in Our Secular Age By Collin Hansen
- Taylor’s Complex, Incomplete Historical Narrative By Carl Trueman
- The Enduring Power of the Christian Story By Michael Horton
- Preaching to the Secular Age By John Starke
- Millennial Belief in the Super-nova By Derek Rishmawy
- Liturgical Piety By Alastair Roberts
- Church Shopping with Charles Taylor By Brett McCracken
- Politics and Public Life in a Secular Age By Bruce Riley Ashford
- Free Faith By Greg Forster
- Whose Will Be Done? Human Flourishing in the Secular Age By Jen Pollock Michel
- The Healing Power of Bodily Presence By Bob Cutillo
- The Disruptive Witness of Art By Alan Noble
- Piercing the Immanent Frame with an Ultralight Beam By Mike Cosper