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Scholarship

Abstract

More than forty years after the Society of Jesus first articulated an inextricable link between the service of faith and the promotion of justice, a growing challenge today for Jesuit colleges and universities is to demonstrate what (if anything) faith adds to the struggle for human dignity and rights. Charles Taylor offers one of the most expansive views of our secular age, arguing that the cultural shifts are moral in nature. Ultimately, our secular age is one in which we are able to imagine human fullness and flourishing with no reference to the transcendent. This article employs the moral framework that Taylor develops in Sources of the Self as an interpretive lens for A Secular Age and identifies new challenges and opportunities for justice education embedded within our contemporary context. Ultimately, sustaining our moral and social commitments is difficult (if not impossible) without engaging our deeper moral and spiritual sources.

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