Modernity and Transcendence: A Dialogue with Charles Taylor

Staf Hellemans, Anthony J. Carroll

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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. The idea is here explored in relation to other Christian denominations and non-Christian traditions. 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.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherAmsterdam University Press
Number of pages248
ISBN (Print)9789463721189
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2021
Externally publishedYes


  • Charles Taylor
  • Religion and Modernity


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