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Modernity and Transcendence

A Dialogue with Charles Taylor

Amsterdam University Press
This collection of essays critically engages with Charles Taylor’s idea of a Catholic modernity through focusing on the crucial issue of the shape and role of religion in modernity. Taylor launched the idea in his seminal 1996 essay A Catholic Modernity?, and the idea is here explored in relation to other Christian denominations and non-Christian traditions. Taylor’s proposal has the potential to become a central and encompassing perspective in thinking about relations between modernity and religion/transcendence in each religious tradition. Six leading authors from diverse backgrounds—David Martin, Bernice Martin, Francis Schüssler Fiorenza, Robert Cummings Neville, Souleymane Bachir Diagne and Jonathan Boyarin—assess Taylor’s Catholic modernity idea and probe whether and how the extension to other religious modernities (Anglican, Pentecostal, Confucian, Islamic, Jewish) makes sense—or not. Charles Taylor reacts to their considerations and reflects on his own idea 25 years on.
Author Bio
Anthony J. Carroll is Dean of Systematic Theology at the College of the Resurrection in Mirfield, UK. His recent publications include Protestant Modernity. Weber, Secularisation and Protestantism, 2007, Religion and Atheism: Beyond the Divide, 2017, and Il Giardiniere Invisibile: Credere Non Credere Cercare, EDB, 2019. Staf Hellemans is Professor Emeritus in the Sociology of Religion at the School of Catholic Theology of Tilburg University, the Netherlands. His recent publications include Envisioning Futures for the Catholic Church, 2018, “Pillarization” in The American Sociologist, 2020, and The Making of Christianities in History. A Processing Approach, 2020.