“What does it mean to say that we live in a secular age?” This apparently simple question opens into the massive, provocative, and complex A Secular Age, where Charles Taylor positions secularism as a defining feature of the modern world, not the mere absence of religion, and casts light on the experience of transcendence that scientistic explanations of the world tend to neglect.
In Varieties of Secularism in a Secular Age
, a prominent and varied group of scholars chart the conversations in which A Secular Age
intervenes and address wider questions of secularism and secularity. The distinguished contributors include Robert Bellah, José Casanova, Nilüfer Göle, William E. Connolly, Wendy Brown, Simon During, Colin Jager, Jon Butler, Jonathan Sheehan, Akeel Bilgrami, John Milbank, and Saba Mahmood. The volume was inspired by a 2008 conference
at Yale University and is co-edited by Yale Professor, Michael Warner, the SSRC’s Religion and the Public Sphere Program Officer, Jonathan VanAntwerpen, and SSRC President, Craig Calhoun.