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Varieties of Religion Today: William James Revisited.
By Charles Taylor. Harvard University Press, 144 pp., $19.95.

Among widely influential philosophers today I can think of only two who are self-professed practicing Christians: Charles Taylor and Alasdair MacIntyre, both Roman Catholics. Like MacIntyre, Taylor is unusually knowledgeable about the social sciences (he has taught in a political science department) and is primarily concerned with the intellectual, ethical and religious meaning of modernity. Like MacIntyre, he is an indispensable companion for Christians who would make sense of the world in which we live, and he has deeply influenced my own work.


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