Our Secular Age

Ten Years of Reading and Applying Charles Taylor

Author: Collin Hansen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780692919996

Category: Religion and culture

Page: 176

View: 9778

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.
Posted in Religion and culture

How (Not) to Be Secular

Reading Charles Taylor

Author: James K. A. Smith

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 0802867618

Category: Philosophy

Page: 152

View: 5943

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.
Posted in Philosophy

Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age

Author: Michael Warner,Jonathan VanAntwerpen,Craig J. Calhoun

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 9780674048577

Category: Philosophy

Page: 337

View: 9947

âeoeWhat does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?âe This apparently simple question opens into the massive, provocative, and complex A Secular Age, where Charles Taylor positions secularism as a defining feature of the modern world, not the mere absence of religion, and casts light on the experience of transcendence that scientistic explanations of the world tend to neglect. In Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age, a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which A Secular Age intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity. The distinguished contributors include Robert Bellah, José Casanova, Nilüfer Göle, William E. Connolly, Wendy Brown, Simon During, Colin Jager, Jon Butler, Jonathan Sheehan, Akeel Bilgrami, John Milbank, and Saba Mahmood. Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age succeeds in conveying to readers the complexity of secularism while serving as an invaluable guide to a landmark book.
Posted in Philosophy

A SECULAR AGE

Author: Charles TAYLOR

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674044282

Category: Philosophy

Page: 888

View: 7132

The place of religion in society has changed profoundly in the last few centuries, particularly in the West. In what will be a defining book for our time, Taylor takes up the question of what these changes mean, and what, precisely, happens when a society becomes one in which faith is only one human possibility among others.
Posted in Philosophy

Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age

Essays on Religion and Theology in the Work of Charles Taylor

Author: Carlos D. Colorado,Justin D. Klassen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780268023768

Category: Philosophy

Page: 302

View: 3029

The essays in this volume address crucial questions about the function and significance of religious accounts of transcendence in Taylor’s overall philosophical project; the critical purchase and limitations of Taylor’s assessment of the centrality of codes and institutions in modern political ethics; the possibilities inherent in Taylor’s brand of post-Nietzschean theism; the significance and meaning of Taylor’s ambivalence about modern destiny; the possibility of a practical application of his insights within particular contemporary religious communities; and the overall implications of Taylor’s thought for theology and philosophy of religion. Although some commentators have referred to a recent religious “turn” in Taylor’s work, the contributors to Aspiring to Fullness in a Secular Age examine the ways in which transcendence functions, both explicitly and implicitly, in Taylor’s philosophical project as a whole. "Carlos D. Colorado and Justin D. Klassen have gathered thoughtful, intelligent essays that address Charles Taylor's emergent theological views and their role in his thought and work. All of the contributions thoughtfully and clearly explore what Taylor says about the role of a transcendentally oriented religious commitment in the modern, secular world. They also show where Taylor's analysis of human existence and modern identity exposes an opening for theologically serious thinking within the context of philosophical, ethical, and even political thought." —Michael L. Morgan, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of Philosophy and Jewish Studies, Indiana University
Posted in Philosophy

Disruptive Witness

Speaking Truth in a Distracted Age

Author: Alan Noble

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830881093

Category: RELIGION

Page: 203

View: 9255

What should Christian witness look like in our contemporary society? In this timely book, Alan Noble looks at our cultural moment, characterized by technological distraction and the growth of secularism, laying out individual, ecclesial, and cultural practices that disrupt our society's deep-rooted assumptions and point beyond them to the transcendent grace and beauty of Jesus.
Posted in RELIGION

Gray Matters

Navigating the Space between Legalism and Liberty

Author: Brett McCracken

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1441242759

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5759

Culture is in right now for Christians. Engaging it, embracing it, consuming it, and creating it. Many (younger) evangelicals today are actively cultivating an appreciation for aspects of culture previously stigmatized within the church. Things like alcohol, Hollywood's edgier content, plays, art openings, and concerts have moved from being forbidden to being celebrated by believers. But are evangelicals opening their arms too wide in uncritical embrace of culture? How do they engage with culture in ways that are mature, discerning, and edifying rather than reckless, excessive, and harmful? Can there be a healthy, balanced approach--or is that simply wishful thinking? With the same insight and acuity found in his popular Hipster Christianity, Brett McCracken examines some of the hot-button gray areas of Christian cultural consumption, helping to lead Christians to adopt a more thoughtful approach to consuming culture in the complicated middle ground between legalism and license. Readers will learn how to both enrich their own lives and honor God--refining their ability to discern truth, goodness, beauty, and enjoy his creation.
Posted in Religion

Joy for the World

How Christianity Lost Its Cultural Influence and Can Begin Rebuilding It

Author: Greg Forster

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433538032

Category: Religion

Page: 320

View: 9054

Can the church regain its cultural influence? The church in America is losing ground. Unfortunately, our efforts to reverse this trend often seem to do more harm than good. In Joy for the World, Greg Forster explains how the church lost its culture-shaping voice and what Christians can do to turn things around. This book teaches us that the key to cultural transformation is something that we might not expect: explosive, Spirit-produced joy in God and his gospel.
Posted in Religion

Calvin's Doctrine of The Christian Life

Author: Ronald Wallace

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1579100473

Category: Religion

Page: 365

View: 1843

In his study of a wide range of Calvin's works, Dr. Wallace has found that all Calvin's decisions on widely differing aspects of the Christian life can be understood and seen in their unity as they arise from his doctrine of the person and work of Christ as involving, once-for-all, the sanctification and destiny of the Church. In this context the book shows that humanity lives the Christian life as they seek to fulfill their calling to royal priesthood in Christ in union with his death and resurrection.
Posted in Religion

Honest Religion for Secular Man

Author: Lesslie Newbigin

Publisher: Wipf and Stock Publishers

ISBN: 1610975839

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 8470

"Religion is much too great and permanent an element in human experience to be swept out of sight," writes Bishop Newbigin. "I want to ask what must be the religion of a Christian who accepts the process of secularization and lives fully in the kine of world into which God has led us."His answer involves relating the universal fact of secularization to the biblical picture of the nature and destiny of man. It involves, too, some criticism of recent Christian responses to secularization - but the whole tone of this book is positive. The emphasis is on knowing God, being God's people, and living of God in the midst of the secular.
Posted in Religion

Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting

Biblical Anthropology and the Monism-dualism Debate

Author: John W. Cooper

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802846006

Category: Philosophy

Page: 241

View: 4513

This widely acclaimed study of biblical anthropology is available once more along with a substantial new preface by the author. Fully engaged with theological, philosophical, and scientific discussions on the nature of human persons and their destiny beyond the grave, John Cooper's defense of holistic dualism remains the most satisfying and biblical response to come from the monism-dualism debate. First published in 1989, Body, Soul, and Life Everlasting is required reading for Christian philosophers, theologians, psychologists, and students interested in the mind-body question.
Posted in Philosophy

The Malaise of Modernity

Author: Charles Taylor

Publisher: House of Anansi

ISBN: 0887848869

Category: Philosophy

Page: 128

View: 5922

In Malaise of Modernity, Charles Taylor focuses on the key modern concept of self-fulfillment, often attacked as the central support of what Christopher Lasch has called the culture of narcissism. To Taylor, self-fulfillment, although often expressed in self-centered ways, isn't necessarily a rejection of traditional values and social commitment; it also reflects something authentic and valuable in modern culture. Only by distinguishing what is good in this modern striving from what is socially and politically dangerous, Taylor says, can our age be made to deliver its promise.
Posted in Philosophy

A Secular Age Beyond the West

Author: Mirjam Künkler,John Madeley,Shylashri Shankar

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 110841771X

Category: Political Science

Page: 412

View: 1836

This book compares secularity in societies not shaped by Western Christianity, particularly in Asia, the Middle East, and North Africa.
Posted in Political Science

Embodied Hope

A Theological Meditation on Pain and Suffering

Author: Kelly M. Kapic

Publisher: InterVarsity Press

ISBN: 0830890971

Category: Religion

Page: N.A

View: 9702

"This book will make no attempt to defend God. . . . If you are looking for a book that boasts triumphantly of conquest over a great enemy, or gives a detached philosophical analysis that neatly solves an absorbing problem, this isn't it."Embodied Hope
Posted in Religion

A God-Sized Vision

Revival Stories that Stretch and Stir

Author: Collin Hansen,John D. Woodbridge

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310558697

Category: Religion

Page: 192

View: 1909

Can God stir revival by his Holy Spirit, even in our culture today? Do we really believe he can? In a day of diminished expectations, A God-Sized Vision: Revival Accounts That Stretch and Stir recounts global examples of prior revivals, beginning with the Reformation and the Great Awakenings. It continues with the Welsh and Azusa Street revivals and those that occurred simultaneously in Asia, followed by the East Africa Revival of the 1930s. More recent revivals in North America that instigated parachurch or evangelistic ministries like those of Billy Graham and the revivals in China, particularly in Henan Province over the last forty years, give further evidence of church renewal. These stories enlarge our hearts, expand our minds, and empower our witness to the power of God at work in human history. Christians with a deep evangelistic commitment who realize that there is more to church growth than field-tested techniques will expand their vision by remembering God’s vision, as it has been revealed throughout history. Hansen and Woodbridge mine these stories of renewal to suggest how to get ready for revival today.
Posted in Religion

12 Faithful Men

Portraits of Courageous Endurance in Pastoral Ministry

Author: Collin Hansen,Jeff Robinson

Publisher: Baker Books

ISBN: 1493414151

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 192

View: 3979

Most pastors know when they enter the ministry that they will spend time helping others through times of suffering. What they usually do not realize, though, is that they too will suffer. Caught off guard, many of them end up deeply hurt and quit the ministry, deciding that perhaps they misunderstood God's call on their lives or that they simply do not have what it takes. But church history is filled with compelling stories of men who were profoundly afflicted while they carried out their ministry and yet persevered faithfully until death. Now the editors of The Gospel Coalition have collected inspiring stories of twelve faithful men who endured great suffering for the cause of Christ. The stories of the apostle Paul, John Calvin, Charles Spurgeon, John Bunyan, Wang Mindao, and others show that suffering in the context of ministry is expected--and it's never wasted. Pastors and ministry leaders, as well as those who support them, will find in this collection encouragement to run the race with endurance.
Posted in Biography & Autobiography

Principles of Conduct

Aspects of Biblical Ethics

Author: John Murray

Publisher: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing

ISBN: 9780802811448

Category: Religion

Page: 272

View: 5657

This classic study addresses ethical questions relating to such topics as marriage, labor, capital punishment, truthfulness, Jesus' teaching in the Sermon on the Mount, law and grace, and the fear of God. Murray points the reader to all of Scripture as the basic authority in matters of Christian conduct.
Posted in Religion

Young, Restless, Reformed

A Journalist's Journey with the New Calvinists

Author: Collin Hansen

Publisher: Crossway

ISBN: 1433521008

Category: Religion

Page: 160

View: 4978

From places like John Piper's den, Al Mohler's office, and Jonathan Edwards's college, Christianity Today journalist Collin Hansen investigates what makes today's young Calvinists tick. Church-growth strategies and charismatic worship have fueled the bulk of evangelical growth in America for decades. While baby boomers have flocked to churches that did not look or sound like church, it seems these churches do not so broadly capture the passions of today's twenty-something evangelicals. In fact, a desire for transcendence and tradition among young evangelicals has contributed to a Reformed resurgence. For nearly two years, Christianity Today journalist Collin Hansen visited the chief schools, churches, and conferences of this growing movement. He sought to describe its members and ask its leading pastors and theologians about the causes and implications of the Calvinist resurgence. The result, Young, Restless, Reformed, shows common threads in their diverse testimonies and suggests what tomorrow's church might look like when these young evangelicals become pastors or professors.
Posted in Religion

Rethinking Secularism

Author: Craig Calhoun,Mark Juergensmeyer,Jonathan VanAntwerpen

Publisher: OUP USA

ISBN: 019979667X

Category: Religion

Page: 311

View: 4279

This collection of essays examines how "the secular" is constituted and understood, and how new understandings of secularism and religion shape analytic perspectives in the social sciences, politics, and international affairs.
Posted in Religion

How to Think

A Survival Guide for a World at Odds

Author: Alan Jacobs

Publisher: Currency

ISBN: 0451499603

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 160

View: 2225

As a celebrated cultural critic and a writer for national publications like The Atlantic and Harper's, Alan Jacobs has spent his adult life belonging to communities that often clash in America's culture wars. And in his years of confronting the big issues that divide us--political, social, religious--Jacobs has learned that many of our fiercest disputes occur not because we're doomed to be divided, but because the people involved simply aren't thinking. Most of us don't want to think. Thinking is trouble. Thinking can force us out of familiar, comforting habits, and it can complicate our relationships with like-minded friends. Finally, thinking is slow, and that's a problem when our habits of consuming information (mostly online) leave us lost in the spin cycle of social media, partisan bickering, and confirmation bias. In this smart, endlessly entertaining book, Jacobs diagnoses the many forces that act on us to prevent thinking--forces that have only worsened in the age of Twitter, "alternative facts, " and information overload--and he also dispels the many myths we hold about what it means to think well. (For example: It'simpossible to "think for yourself.").
Posted in Business & Economics