After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion, Part 5

Detail from Roger Lundin's book

Detail from Roger Lundin's book "Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age".


Public discussion of religion tends to polarize between two extremes: religious fundamentalism, and the aggressive atheism of such writers as Richard Dawkins and Christopher Hitchens. But much of what people actually believe falls somewhere in between. It is subtler and more tentative. David Cayley explores the work of five thinkers whose books have charted new paths for religion. Part 5: Roger Lundin

In his book A Secular Age, Canadian philosopher Charles Taylor traces changes in religious belief from the late Middle Ages to the present. Taking the year 1500 as a baseline, he argues that at this date, belief in God was a given, something obvious and unquestionable.  Today religious belief is, in his words, "optional" - a choice - made in the face of a bewildering variety of possibilities. In between lies a journey through doubt - a journey made by an entire civilization but also by each individual who opts for some religious conviction.

Roger Lundin's book Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age follows this journey as it has unfolded in modern literature. Lundin is a literary scholar and professor at Wheaton College in Chicago. He shares his thoughts with David Cayley in the final episode of After Atheism: New Perspectives on God and Religion.

Believing Again: Doubt and Faith in a Secular Age by Roger Lundin is published by Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Co.

Listen to other episodes in the series:

To encourage thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear with each submission to CBC/Radio-Canada's online communities (except in children and youth-oriented communities). Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted.

By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.