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By James L. Heft

This e-book deals a chain of reflections at the country of Christianity, and particularly Catholicism, on this planet this present day. the center piece of the quantity is a lecture via the popular thinker Charles Taylor, from which the name of the publication is taken. The lecture, added at Dayton college 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 reality, this can be the single position the place Taylor, a Roman Catholic, spells out his theological perspectives and his feel 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 non secular trust in sleek tradition are epistemic--that they need to do with the triumph of the medical worldview. the true hindrances, says Taylor, are ethical and non secular, having to do with the old mess ups 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 provide quite a few 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 the most considerate conversations thus far concerning the position of the Catholic Church within the sleek international, and extra more often than not, concerning the position of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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