Global Religious and Secular Dynamics

A Conversation with Charles Taylor

June 11, 2020
12:30 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. EDT
Location: Online Zoom Webinar

While the global COVID-19 pandemic forces us to maintain physical distance, it is more important than ever that we remain socially connected and in intellectual conversation. As part of this effort the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs is organizing the Global Religious and Secular Dynamics Discussion Series, featuring online public conversations on our contemporary global condition between renowned sociologist José Casanova, a Berkley Center senior fellow, and prominent scholars and intellectual friends.

The series’ inaugural event welcomed philosopher Charles Taylor for a conversation with Casanova about Taylor’s seminal work A Secular Age (2007) and the divergent religious dynamics that can coexist within our global secular age. They discussed the global crisis of democracy, the resurgence of exclusionary populisms and self-enclosed nationalisms, and lessons from the global pandemic about us as humans in our contemporary global condition. They also looked specifically to the Catholic tradition, examining the concept of a Catholic modernity, the multiple rites controversies, and the opening they might offer not only to multiple modernities, but to multiple Catholicities and to a global Church made up of many diverse local churches.

This event was co-sponsored by Georgetown University’s Berkley Center for Religion, Peace, and World Affairs and Reset Dialogues on Civilizations.

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