Charles Taylor’s ‘A Secular Age’ is a sustained attempt to convey the intellectual pathways and ethical and social trajectories of the past four centuries of development in the West, including the trans – formations of ways of life, and the relation of these changes to Christianity and Christendom. It is a complex book with multiple themes that engage significant elements of Western culture over time. In this essay I will seek to assess his account of the emergence of the modern Western order, especially the validity of his descriptions of that order and its relation to religious transcendence.
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