Recently, I published a post (3rd May 2016 / see also the comment attaching, as it has other links to conversations Taylor conducted while in Australia) that featured one of my formational influences, Canadian Philosopher Charles Taylor.
Published online on the 10th May 2016 was a downloadable audio recording of a conversation between James K. A. Smith and the host of the (Neal A.) Maxwell Institute podcast, Blair Hodges.
Here’s the blurb for the show:
“Why was it virtually impossible not to believe in God in, say, 1500 in our Western society, while in 2016 many people find it more difficult to believe than not? This is the question that Charles Taylor tackles in his massive book A Secular Age.
In this episode, James K. A. Smith joins us to talk about Taylor’s work. What was it like to believe in God in the past and what is it like for many believers today—and how did we get from there to here? Whether you find it easy or difficult to believe in God today, you’ll find much food for thought in Smith’s book How (Not) to be Secular: Reading Charles Taylor…”
James K. A. Smith is professor of philosophy at Calvin College
You’ll find the fascinating conversation here.
And of course, as was alluded to yesterday (and highlighted in January), Smith has a new book out: You Are What You Love: The Spiritual Power of Habit (pub. April 2016)