By James L. Heft

ISBN-10: 0195131614

ISBN-13: 9780195131611

This e-book deals a sequence of reflections at the nation of Christianity, and particularly Catholicism, on the earth this present day. the center-piece of the quantity is a lecture by way of the well known thinker Charles Taylor, from which the identify of the ebook is taken. The lecture, brought at Dayton collage in January of 1996, provided Taylor the chance to discuss the spiritual dimensions of his highbrow commitment--dimensions left implicity in his philosophical writing. actually, this can be the one position the place Taylor, a Roman Catholic, spells out his theological perspectives and his feel of the cultural placement of Catholicism, its historical past and trajectory. He makes use of the social gathering to argue opposed to the typical declare that stumbling blocks to non secular trust in glossy tradition are epistemic--that they must do with the triumph of the medical worldview. the true stumbling blocks, says Taylor, are ethical and religious, having to do with the old disasters of non secular institutions.

Four recognized commentators on faith and society, Protestant, Catholic, have been invited to reply to 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 function 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 offers probably the most considerate conversations to this point concerning the position of the Catholic Church within the sleek global, and extra normally, concerning the function of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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