Charles Taylor Doesn 't Think So And His Almost 900 Page

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“Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2000 many of us find this not only easy, but even inescapable?” Was it really an inevitable conclusion of uncompromising reality as Tom Hardy assumes? Charles Taylor doesn’t think so and his almost 900 page answer is an ambitious retelling of the process known as secularization. His narrative-style documentation of the massive cultural shift of the past several centuries demonstrates the inadequacy of Mainstream Secularization Theory and the spiritual complexity of our “cross-pressured” society. The culmination of this story lends voice to a hemisphere’s subconscious, diving beneath the “taken-for-granted” assumptions of the Western mind to hear the truth.
That underlying level of assumption is what Charles Taylor calls a social imaginary:
What I’m trying to get at with this term is something much broader and deeper than intellectual schemes people may entertain when they think about social reality in a disengaged mode. I am thinking rather of the ways in which they imagine their social existence, how they fit together with others, how things go on between them and their fellows, the expectations which are normally me, and the deeper normative notions and images which underlie these expectations.
Charles Taylor definition of social imaginary is much different than a social theory in many ways. He uses “imaginary” because he is speaking about the way ordinary…
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