James K. A. Smith
Professor of Philosophy at Calvin College
That religion has a future would be news to the confident secularization theorists of generations past. Once expected to wither on the vine, religion will most assuredly persist into the future.
That, however, should not be grounds for smugness on the part of religious believers. That people believe remains the same; how people believe has changed. Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor discusses this in his book, A Secular Age. He argues that though people continue to have faith in our “secular” age, that faith has become “fragilized.” Intimately aware that our neighbors may be secular, we have to come to grips with the fact that what we believe is kind of unbelievable. Thus, our faith becomes fragile and dubitable. At the very least, we cannot assume our belief is axiomatic. It is contestable and contested. In a secular age, doubt is faith’s constant companion.Read More