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By James L. Heft

This ebook bargains a sequence of reflections at the nation of Christianity, and particularly Catholicism, on this planet at the present time. the center-piece of the quantity is a lecture by way of the well known thinker Charles Taylor, from which the name of the ebook is taken. The lecture, added at Dayton college in January of 1996, provided Taylor the chance to talk about the non secular dimensions of his highbrow commitment--dimensions left implicity in his philosophical writing. in reality, this can be the one position the place Taylor, a Roman Catholic, spells out his theological perspectives and his experience of the cultural placement of Catholicism, its heritage and trajectory. He makes use of the celebration to argue opposed to the typical declare that hindrances to non secular trust in glossy tradition are epistemic--that they must do with the triumph of the medical worldview. the true hindrances, says Taylor, are ethical and non secular, having to do with the old disasters of non secular institutions.

Four famous commentators on faith and society, Protestant, Catholic, have been invited to answer Taylor's lecture: William M. Shea, George Marsden, Jean Bethke Elshtain, and Rosemary Luling-Haughton. Their chapters supply a number of astute reflections at the tensions among faith and modernity, and particularly at the position that Catholicism can and may play in modern society. the amount concludes with Taylor's perceptive and considerate reaction to his interlocutors. A Catholic Modernity offers essentially the most considerate conversations thus far in regards to the position of the Catholic Church within the smooth global, and extra as a rule, concerning the position of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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