How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor: Smith, James K. A.:  9780802867612: Books

This book was given to me by my son who is a career Army Chaplain. It was given to me to help me understand what it is like for him to minister to soldiers who have been raised to have a secular worldview that has robbed them of mystery, transcendence, purpose and meaning, and ultimately, hope.

Basically, the only book in the Bible that many of his young soldiers can relate too is the book of Ecclesiastes if…you take any mention of God out of it.

Unfortunately, you don’t need to be ministering in the army to encounter this mindset; it is the party line for our secular world (and it is surprising how many people of faith have unwittingly bought in as well).

However, don’t see this book as creating a secular strawman that is easily knocked down so that Christianity looks good.

It is a thoughtful and though-provoking book that calls people from all sides of the issue to ponder the truth claims and ramifications of their worldview.

A note of warning. This is not a cozy sit-by-the-fire-and-sip-apple-cider read, but I can gladly recommend it as an important read and well worth your time and thoughtful effort.

11 thoughts on “How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor

  1. David, this was very interesting. Maybe you could tell me more about the book when you come our way.

    God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. Psalm 46:1


  2. Perhaps you could do a post to explain just how being secular robs anyone of mystery, transcendence, purpose, meaning and hope – or provide a link, if you’ve already done one. 😕


      1. I have read quite a few books on this subject. None of them validate your claim. In fact, most of them refute it quite strongly. Perhaps you could suggest one that does?? 😳


      2. I’m guessing this is a case of two individuals who can agree to disagree and keep learning and growing and…who knows…we may eventually end up on the same path. Wishing you the best.


      3. Funny. Not sure where our children and their jobs come in on this issue or the age of the earth, for that matter. Looks like you’re painting with a pretty broad brush, if that is your idea of what someone who suspects there is more to reality than just what can be observed with our physical senses.


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