Christian Faith in a Secular Age

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Scott Ronald Paeth

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This article offers an analysis of secularization from within the Christian tradition, with an emphasis on the challenge that the moral and metaphysical dissensus created by secularization causes, not only for a Christian conception of the world, but even for the very possibility of establishing a persuasive case for Christianity in the midst of the social and ideological fragmentation of contemporary society. Beginning with Charles Taylor’s analysis of secularism, it will consider several perspectives on the relationship between modernity, secularism, and the breakdown of moral consensus in the modern world. Finally, it will turn to the question of how Christians should engage with integrity with the secular context of modernity.

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Scott Ronald Paeth, DePaul University

Associate Professor of Religous Studies