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    DescriptionWhat does it mean to say we live in a "secular" world? Charles Taylor's landmark book A Secular Age (2007) provides a monumental history and analysis of what it means for us to live in our post- Christian present - a pluralist world of competing beliefs and growing unbelief. This book by Jamie Smith is a compact field guide to Taylor's genealogy of the secular, making that 900-page work accessible to a wide array of readers. Smith's How (Not) to Be Secular is also, however, a philosophical guidebook for practitioners - a kind of how-to manual that ultimately offers guidance on how to live in a secular age. It's an adventure in self-understanding and a way to get our bearings in postmodernity. Whether one is proclaiming faith to the secularized or is puzzled that there continue to be people of faith in this day and age, this book is a philosophical story meant to help us locate where we are and what's at stake.


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    Title
    How (Not) to be Secular
    Subtitle
    Reading Charles Taylor
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) James K. A. Smith
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 152
    Width: 152 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 227 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780802867612
    ISBN 10: 0802867618
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Ingram Spring Arbor Market: Y
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T Merchandise Category: REL
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BISAC V2.8: PHI022000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAB
    Ingram Subject Code: RY
    B&T General Subject: 610
    B&T Approval Code: A13060000
    BISAC V2.8: REL051000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25290
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 230.01
    LC subject heading: ,
    BISAC V2.8: REL084000
    DC23: 204.4
    LC classification: BR100 .S533 2014
    Thema V1.0: QRAB
    Publisher
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Imprint name
    William B Eerdmans Publishing Co
    Publication date
    27 May 2014
    Publication City/Country
    Grand Rapids
    Author Information
    James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College, where he holds the Gary and Henrietta Byker Chair in Applied Reformed Theology and Worldview. He is the award-winning author of a number of books, including Who's Afraid of Postmodernism?, The Devil Reads Derrida, Desiring the Kingdom, and, most recently, Imagining the Kingdom: How Worship Works.
    Review quote
    Tim Keller--Redeemer Presbyterian Church, New York City"Charles Taylor's crucial book on our secular age is inaccessible for most people, including the church leaders who desperately need to learn from its insight. Jamie Smith's book is the solution to this problem. As a gateway into Taylor's thought, this volume (if read widely) could have a major impact on the level of theological leadership that our contemporary church is getting. It could also have a great effect on the quality of our communication and preaching. I highly recommend this book."T. M. Luhrmann--Stanford University"This is a brilliant, beautifully written book on the dilemma of faith in a modern secular age. It introduces the reader to the material in Taylor's dense book, of course, but it does more. It invites the reader on a journey through the experience of the spirit in different centuries, and how our conceptions of mind and person shape belief in ways far more intimate than we usually imagine. How (Not) to Be Secular is a gem."Hans Boersma--Regent College"Charles Taylor's daunting tome, A Secular Age, has just turned a great deal less intimidating. Combining his usual lucid style, his love for literature, and his passion for the church's future, Jamie Smith offers a faithful guide through the pages of Taylor's monumental work. Along the way, he wisely cautions his co-religionists against facile responses to the disenchantment' of modernity, but he also insists that the Christian faith may have much more going for it than many recognize."