Secular Spirituality

For the philosopher Charles Taylor, spirituality is grounded in the lived experience of being fully human, and the secular age does not necessarily imply the dominance of secularization and the disappearing of the spiritual and of religions. In every society questions such as “What constitutes a fulfilled life? What makes life really worth living?” find specific answers. Taylor’s lived experience is approachable through the social imaginary, involving what Andrew Lincoln called “… an embodied, affective, intuitive and pre-cognitive sense of how things are and of what is appropriate in our dealings with others and the world that is collectively experienced” (Lincoln 2010, p. 75). In the Secular Age, the belief in a transcendent source of reality becomes just an option among others, as every ...

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