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From the October 2014 Print Edition

How (Not) to Be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor?
by james k. a. smith?
eerdmans, 160 pages, $16
In the seven years since its release, Charles Taylor’s A Secular Age has entered a particular category of books: frequently referenced, less frequently read. Conference speakers note its “complication” of the “simple secularization” thesis; David Brooks drops the phrase “cross-pressures” in a Sunday column. Those looking for an introduction to this supremely important work but reluctant to wade through its 896 pages can turn to this economical commentary by James K. A. Smith. Continue Reading »