A Secular Age

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Harvard University Press, Aug 13, 2018 - Philosophy - 896 pages
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A New York Times Notable Book of the Year
A Times Literary Supplement Book of the Year
A Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of the Year
A Tablet Best Book of the Year
Winner of a Christianity Today Book Award


"One finds big nuggets of insight, useful to almost anybody with an interest in the progress of human society."
--The Economist

"Taylor takes on the broad phenomenon of secularization in its full complexity...[A] voluminous, impressively researched and often fascinating social and intellectual history."
--Jack Miles, Los Angeles Times

"A Secular Age is a work of stupendous breadth and erudition."
--John Patrick Diggins, New York Times Book Review

"A culminating dispatch from the philosophical frontlines. It is at once encyclopedic and incisive, a sweeping overview that is no less analytically rigorous for its breadth."
--Steven Hayward, Cleveland Plain Dealer

"[A] thumping great volume."
--Stuart Jeffries, The Guardian

"Very occasionally there appears a book destined to endure. A Secular Age is such a book."
--Edward Skidelsky, Daily Telegraph

"It is refreshing to read an inquiry into the condition of religion that is exploratory in its approach."
--John Gray, Harper's

"A Secular Age represents a singular achievement."
--Christopher J. Insole, Times Literary Supplement

"A determinedly brilliant new book."
--London Review of Books

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User Review  - deusvitae - LibraryThing

An immense, sweeping, magisterial exploration of Western civilization, primarily over the past 500 years, as a quest to answer the question: how come in 1500 everyone believed in God and took it for ... Read full review

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User Review  - DinadansFriend - LibraryThing

A painful exacting description of the gradual displacement of a religious world with the scientific viewpoint enjoyed today. This is not easy reading, or clear. View it as an extensive conversation ... Read full review

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About the author (2018)

Charles Taylor is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

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