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Professor Charles Taylor on ‘Secularism and Religious and Spiritual Forms of Belonging’

The Institute for Social Justice at Australian Catholic University proudly invites you to Professor Charles Taylor’s public talk on ‘Secularism and Religious and Spiritual Forms of Belonging’ 

When: Friday 29 April 2016,4:30pm -6:30pm followed by casual reception

Where: Ryan Auditorium, ACU North Sydney Campus, 40 Edward Street, North Sydney

RSVP: Please RSVP using register link below by Thursday 28 April 2016

***Due to high demand registration has now been closed***


Secularization has meant not mainly the decline of religion (although in many countries this has been a consequence )- but, rather, the pluralization of religious, or spiritual positions, and the creation of a culture of ecumenical exchange, which is very different from what obtained half a century ago. Professor Taylor examines this development and contrasts it to another religious development, viz., the use of religion as a marker of political identity and mobilization, frequently accompanied by conflict and violence. This bifurcation of religious belonging into two utterly opposed tendencies is a crucial feature of our times.

Professor Charles Taylor is one of the most important thinkers of the last half-century and is the recipient of the Templeton Prize, the Kyoto Prize, and the John W. Kluge Prize (the Nobel Prize for scholars in the humanities and the social sciences). A philosopher and public intellectual of enormous range and depth, Taylor has achieved a very large and diverse readership through the huge impact of such books as Sources of the Self (1989), Multiculturalism and the Politics of Recognition (1994), and his magnum opus, A Secular Age (2007), hailed by the New York Times as “a work of stupendous breath and erudition.”


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