New Meetup: A Secular Age

From: Enrique
Sent on: Saturday, September 11, 2010 2:12 PM
Announcing a new Meetup for San Antonio Skeptics!

What: A Secular Age

When: Saturday, November 13,[masked]:00 PM

Where: Cool Cafe
12651 Vance Jackson Rd
San Antonio, TX 78230
(210)[masked]

Join us at Cool Cafe for a discussion of the book, " A Secular Age" by James Taylor. This is almost a 900 page book. I think it has a lot to offer. It has extensive reviews on the Amazon com website. I have put a few below.


It is available on Amazon.com and there are three copies in the public library system.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0674026764/ref=ord_cart_shr?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

http://sapl.sat.lib.tx.us/search/Y


From Publishers Weekly
Starred Review. In his characteristically erudite yet engaging fashion, Taylor, winner of the 2007 Templeton Prize, takes up where he left off in his magnificent Sources of the Self (1989) as he brilliantly traces the emergence of secularity and the processes of secularization in the modern age. Challenging the idea that the secular takes hold in a world where religion is experienced as a loss or where religions are subtracted from the culture, Taylor discovers the secular emerging in the midst of the religious. The Protestant Reformation, with its emphasis on breaking down the invidious political structures of the Catholic Church, provides the starting point down the road to the secular age. Taylor sweeps grandly and magisterially through the 18th and 19th centuries as he recreates the history of secularism and its parallel challenges to religion. He concludes that a focus on the religious has never been lost in Western culture, but that it is one among many stories striving for acceptance. Taylor's examination of the rise of unbelief in the 19th century is alone worth the price of the book and offers an essential reminder that the Victorian age, more than the Enlightenment, dominates our present view of the meanings of secularity. Taylor's inspired combination of philosophy and history sparkles in this must-read virtuoso performance. (Sept.)
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Review
Taylor's book is a major and highly original contribution to the debates on secularization that have been ongoing for the past century. There is no book remotely like it.
--Alasdair MacIntyre [masked])

This is Charles Taylor's breakthrough book, a book of really major importance, because he succeeds in recasting the whole debate about secularism. This is one of the most important books written in my lifetime. I am tempted to say the most important book, but that may just express the spell the book has cast over me at the moment.
--Robert N. Bellah [masked])

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