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By James L. Heft

This ebook bargains a sequence of reflections at the country 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 popular thinker Charles Taylor, from which the identify of the publication is taken. The lecture, brought at Dayton college in January of 1996, provided Taylor the chance to talk about the spiritual dimensions of his highbrow commitment--dimensions left implicity in his philosophical writing. in truth, 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 historical past and trajectory. He makes use of the party to argue opposed to the typical declare that stumbling blocks to spiritual trust in smooth tradition are epistemic--that they need to do with the triumph of the clinical worldview. the true stumbling blocks, says Taylor, are ethical and religious, having to do with the historical disasters of spiritual institutions.

Four famous 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 particularly at the function 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 presents probably the most considerate conversations so far concerning the position of the Catholic Church within the glossy international, and extra in general, concerning the position of faith in democratic liberal societies.

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