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Welcome to the secular age. This is a place in which every day it is possible to rub up against people with very different worldviews to your own-theistic, atheistic, agnostic, and of every variation on the theme. It is a different world from the one anticipated by secularists from the eighteenth century right up to recent times. However, in the 1990s sociologists began to realize that something at once more fascinating and alarming was occurring. The new view was given voice when the leading sociologist of religion, Peter Berger, wrote, "The assumption that we live in a secularized world is false. It is a predicament thoroughly analyzed by Charles Taylor in A Secular Age (2007). He draws together all the threads of the debate about secularization and explores the dominant feature of contemporary secularity, namely its radical pluralism.

Keywords: Charles Taylor; Peter Berger; secular age; sociologist



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