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Keywords:

  • new atheism;
  • religious naturalism;
  • secularism;
  • stage-one secularity;
  • stage-two secularity;
  • Charles Taylor

Abstract.

Charles Taylor has recently provided an in-depth exploration of secularity, with a central characteristic being the understanding that religious commitment is optional. This essay extends this analysis, considering the possibility that American society may be entering a second stage of secularity, one in which the possibility of religious commitment ceases to be an option at all for many. The possible implications of such a development are considered for the theology-and-science dialogue.