New Book on Charles Taylor with an Essay of mine on Liturgy in a Secular Age

A new book edited by Collin Hansen on the tenth anniversary of Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has just been released by the Gospel Coalition. There are a number of thoughtful and stimulating essays within the volume, which would be very rewarding of your attention, even if you haven’t yet read Taylor’s book yourself (if you haven’t done so, you might find James K.A. Smith’s introductory book a helpful companion).

I have a chapter within it, in which I discuss the significance of liturgy in a secular age:

At the heart of Taylor’s work in A Secular Age is the question of the “whole context of understanding in which our moral, spiritual or religious experience and search takes place.” Although Taylor foregrounds the conditions and framing of unbelief, the cultural shifts he identifies are also critically important for understanding contemporary forms of Christian faith and practice. If the social imaginary of paganism framed much of the Constantinian reception and development of the liturgy, the secularism Taylor’s work explores plays a corresponding role in our own social environment.

You can buy copies of the book for yourself and for all of your friends and family members here.

About Alastair Roberts

Alastair Roberts (PhD, Durham University) writes in the areas of biblical theology and ethics, but frequently trespasses beyond these bounds. He participates in the weekly Mere Fidelity podcast, blogs at Alastair’s Adversaria, and tweets at @zugzwanged.
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8 Responses to New Book on Charles Taylor with an Essay of mine on Liturgy in a Secular Age

  1. cal says:

    Is it possible to list the essays included in the volume? Or do you know if anyone interacts with Cavanaugh, Cassanova, et al.’s pretty sweeping rejection, or reformulation, of Taylor’s thesis?

  2. Reblogged this on identityinchristblog and commented:
    Charles Taylor exposes the secular spin, exposes our “buffered selves,” and influences many Reformed authors.

    • cal says:

      I don’t know what the reblog was for, but Charles Taylor is not “exposing” secular spin. He’s actually a proponent for it, even if there’s some remorse for the things lost. Taylor’s work is far more complicated than taking secularism, whatever that is, to task.

  3. quinnjones2 says:

    I have just ordered this on Amazon Uk – I hope this book will help some of us to surf on the waves of secularism rather than drown in them!

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