“One way to put the question that I want to answer here is this: why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2000 many of us find this not only easy, but even inescapable?”Charles Taylor, A Secular Age
I am excited to reconvene for a new book club offering: On Wednesday, May 31st I will be hosting a discussion on A Secular Age by Charles Taylor.
This is a massive tome not unlike Jean Gebser’s EPO or Ian McGilchrist’s The Matter with Things. There’s simply no way that we can give Taylor a proper reading here, but that’s not what this will be. The ongoing idea is to weave these larger texts in and out, like threads in the greater fabric of an emergent Mutations cultural discourse.
“We don’t adequately understand our own development in what we call modernity in the West, and we fail to see that this development is not occurring in the rest of the world… We can’t really understand the difference until we understand better what’s happened in our civilization.”Taylor