5 thoughts on “The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse

  1. Excellent analysis and critique; solution rather “bland,” as the author himself admits. But the critique is so effective that I still must award the book 5 stars. (And I enjoyed his gentle humor and easygoing writing style.)

    The real strength of this critique, in my mind, is that Smith bothered to search out what leading secularists in the liberal tradition (and here I speak of the kind of “liberal” that All Americans, both Republicans and Democrats, generally are) actually said at the highest le

  2. The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse, by Steven D. Smith ****

    In the wake of the Tucson shootings we have all heard a lot about civility in the public arena. Fingers have been pointed and blame assigned, one group claiming that vitriolic rhetoric is the root cause, another pointing to the shooter’s state of mind. Given the heatedness of this particular argument, I cannot imagine a more propitious time to read Steven Smith’s “The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse.” It is a brilliant look at t

  3. Dear readers,

    I’m writing my Bachelor-thesis is a comparison between The disenchantment of secular discours and A secular age by Charles Taylor.
    For a better understanding of the work of Smith, I hope you can help me with the following.

    In the chapter ‘From reason to reasonableness’ Smith explains that people lost the faith in reason as the tool to find Ultimate truth. They get reasonable instead and acknowledge pluralism.
    Why does the modern people still try to base their moral on reason? (for

  4. This was an excellent book that was well worth struggling through and reading. As the title “The Disenchantment of Secular Discourse” implies, the book was not designed for light reading. The genre (political philosophy?) of this book is outside my normal reading areas, so it is very possible that the book would be entertaining for those who are already initiated into the field. But, for me it was difficult and sometime dreary reading, albeit containing really useful content. The book therefore

  5. I read the three essays: “The Way We Talk Now,” “Living and Dying in the ‘Course of Nature,'” and “Disoriented Discourse: The Secular Subversion of Religious Freedom.”

    The basic thrust of the first essay is that secularism has let public discourse to a place in which it does not have the tools to work through the moral problems that a society must face. As a result religious and moral assumptions must be smuggled into our public discourse, though secularism forbids the acknowledgement of them.


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