The Substance of Consciousness
May 23, 2023
November 20, 2008
Sanctifying Us Everywhere: Charles Taylor and the Apologetics of a Secular Age
In this paper, I should like to (a) summarize the salient points of Taylor’s argument in both Sources of the Self and A Secular Age before (b) claiming that his work justifies a reconsideration of the apologetics of disengaged rationality. Rather than treating theistic belief as a warranted or unwarranted in terms of abstract argument, the apologetics of a secular age could and should privilege history, aesthetic value, identity formation, moral phenomenology, and and moral space. To do so, however, would require evangelical apologists to embrace the genealogical method while relying less on the conditions of belief proper to disengaged understandings of human identity and rationality.
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