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      Out of the Depths of Modernity: Fragments of a Response to Charles Taylor’s “A Catholic Modernity?” in a Jewish Idiom

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          For two main reasons, I am not much tempted to articulate a “Jewish modernity” analogous to “a Catholic modernity” as presented by Charles Taylor. First, modernity is “lost”. In the last decades, dreams of a bright secular future of modernity (“later is better”) have collapsed. This affects also the possible role one envisages for non-scientific allegiances and worldviews. It renders this engagement with Taylor seem almost nostalgic or retrospective. Second, I have reservations about many of the concepts Taylor is using. Some of them, like theology and transcendence, are specific to a tradition in ways that must be specified. Others, like religion, the secular and modernity, likewise demand more definite settings. Taylor’s generous Catholicism, extending to the (pre-Christian) past, is a post-Catholicism as it attempts, like various post-Judaisms, to find a new place for Catholicism in a modernity characterized by skepticism and naturalism. Finally, Taylor’s critique of “rights talk” is contrasted to a Jewish notion of mutual obligation.

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                Contributors
                Journal
                NTT
                NTT Journal for Theology and the Study of Religion
                Amsterdam University Press (Amsterdam )
                2542-6583
                2590-3268
                September 2021
                : 75
                : 3/4
                : 441-464
                Affiliations
                Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, USA
                Article
                NTT2021.3/4.007.BOYA
                10.5117/NTT2021.3/4.007.BOYA
                28dd59bd-df7a-4a39-896f-efa3c3ef8419
                © Jonathan Boyarin
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                conceptualization of religion and modernity,Charles Taylor,Catholic modernity,post-Catholicism,religious and secular,modernity,Jewish(ness)

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