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STAGE-TWO SECULARITY AND THE FUTURE OF THEOLOGY-AND-SCIENCE

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Abstract:

Abstract.

Charles Taylor has recently provided an in-depth exploration of secularity, with a central characteristic being the understanding that religious commitment is optional. This essay extends this analysis, considering the possibility that American society may be entering a second stage of secularity, one in which the possibility of religious commitment ceases to be an option at all for many. The possible implications of such a development are considered for the theology-and-science dialogue.

Keywords: Charles Taylor; new atheism; religious naturalism; secularism; stage-one secularity; stage-two secularity

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1467-9744.2010.01101.x

Affiliations: Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion at South Dakota State University and Program Coordinator of the Philosophy and Religion Department, Box 504 Scobey 336, SDSU, Brookings, SD 57007;, Email: greg.peterson@sdstate.edu.

Publication date: June 1, 2010

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