Religion and the Public Sphere

There’s a new blog called The Immanent Frame featuring some heavyweight scholars talking about “secularism, religion and the public sphere.” They are kicking things off by talking about Charles Taylor’s new book “A Secular Age” (including a post by Taylor himself) which examines the origins of secularism and discusses how secularism has never meant the decline of religion, nor is it wise to pretend that it has. (Or something like that, I have not read the book but I am mildly acquainted with Taylor’s work.)

Taylor is a world-class philosopher, committed Catholic, human rights advocate and recent recipient of the Templeton Prize for “progress toward research or discoveries about spiritual realities.” His wise voice regarding politics and religion is sorely needed today, and hopefully this blog will be a source of further fruitful thinking regarding this always messy area.

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