#15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)

Taylor’s enormous book begins with a question: Why was belief in God taken for granted in the West in 1500 but highly questioned, if not even non-belief taken for granted, in 2000?  What changed? In answering this question, Taylor argues that the common story does not provide a sufficient explanation.  Usually, so it goes, asContinue reading “#15 – A Secular Age by Charles Taylor (My 100 Favorite Books)”

Its That Time of Year When I Get Delusions of Being a Philosopher

After passing two relatively aimless years at Penn State I finally got serious about my studies as well as choosing a major.  I had always enjoyed studying religion and history so I decided to major in religion.  This led me to some philosophy of religion classes which gave me an appetite to learn more philosophy.Continue reading “Its That Time of Year When I Get Delusions of Being a Philosopher”

How (Not) To Be Secular by James K.A. Smith (Review)

A few years ago I worked my way through Charles Taylor’s magnificent A Secular Age.  That book was one of the most challenging and rewarding books I’ve ever read.  It is definitely in my top five of all time, that despite me knowing I need to re-read it sometime to fully get what Taylor isContinue reading “How (Not) To Be Secular by James K.A. Smith (Review)”

Desiring and Imagining the Kingdom by James Smith (Two [no, Three!] Book Reviews)

Whether when I was in seminary or now in campus ministry, there is a lot of talk among Christians in such circles about worldview. The way it goes is that the university, for example, has a view of the world which is being taught to students in the classroom. Our responsibility as Christians is toContinue reading “Desiring and Imagining the Kingdom by James Smith (Two [no, Three!] Book Reviews)”

The Best Books I Read This Year

I read a good many books this year, not as many as in previous years but I suppose that comes with parenting.  Here is a list of my favorite reads in 2012.  Note, these are not all new books that came out in 2012, they are books I read in 2012. War and Peace byContinue reading “The Best Books I Read This Year”