A Catholic Modernity?: Charles Taylor's Marianist Award by James L. Heft

By James L. Heft

This booklet bargains a sequence of reflections at the kingdom of Christianity, and particularly Catholicism, on the planet this day. the center-piece of the quantity is a lecture through the popular thinker Charles Taylor, from which the name of the e-book is taken. The lecture, added at Dayton collage in January of 1996, provided Taylor the chance to discuss the non secular dimensions of his highbrow commitment--dimensions left implicity in his philosophical writing. in truth, this is often 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 social gathering to argue opposed to the typical declare that stumbling blocks to spiritual trust in sleek tradition are epistemic--that they must do with the triumph of the clinical worldview. the true hindrances, says Taylor, are ethical and non secular, having to do with the historical 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 specifically at the position that Catholicism can and may play in modern society. the quantity concludes with Taylor's perceptive and considerate reaction to his interlocutors. A Catholic Modernity presents essentially the most considerate conversations so far concerning the position of the Catholic Church within the smooth global, and extra ordinarily, in regards to the position of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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