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Encountering the Secular: Philosophical Endeavors in Religion and Culture (Studies in Religion and Culture) Hardcover – February 11, 2009

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Written in eloquent and often moving prose, J. Heath Atchley's Encountering the Secular provides a much-needed reevaluation of the secular. On Atchley's reading, following insights of the theologian Paul Tillich, transcendence becomes the source and symptom of our estrangement from a depth dimension of life and leads to the painful divide of theology and culture, the religious and the secular.

(Jeffrey L. Kosky, Washington and Lee University, author of Levinas and the Philosophy of Religion)

Encountering the Secular is an unusually imaginative work. Atchley’s writing is engaging, producing a thoughtful philosophical meditation. Drawing on remarkable juxtapositions of texts and materials―ranging from well-established philosophers to novelists, films, and popular culture―Atchley weaves an argument of his own.

(Mark C. Taylor, Columbia University, author of After God)

About the Author

J. Heath Atchley is a Research Associate at Mount Holyoke College.

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