“Secularism and Its Discontents”

That’s the by-line to this New Yorker piece by James Wood, discussing the book, The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays For How We Live Now edited by George Levine (the checkerboard cover evokes for me “The Joy of Cooking”).  The book contains essays by people who in various ways address issues of enchantment and disenchantment (see also Steve Smith’s excellent book) in the modern age, including pieces by Philip Kitcher and Charles Taylor.  The piece by Wood is an interesting read, with much to agree and disagree with.  — MOD (x-posted MOJ)

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