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William A. Stahl - Critical Thinkers in Religion, Law and Social Theory

Thu, November 22, 2012

William A Stahl

University of Ottawa, Simard 125
4:00 - 6:30pm

Title: The Church on the Margins: Religion and Atheism in a Secular Age 

Abstract: While religion has not disappeared, as classical secularization theory predicted it would, the place of religion in society has changed dramatically over the past half-century. Christendom is over. Structural and cultural changes have moved the church from the centre to the margin of society. These changes, which Charles Taylor (2007) describes as a change in the modern social imaginary from “The Age of Mobilization” to “The Age of Authenticity,” describe the context for both religion and the New Atheism in the 21st century. Much of both current religion and atheism can be seen as a backlash to these changes.

Bio: William Austin Stahl (Emeritus, University of Regina) received a Master of Divinity from Union Theological Seminary in New York and a PhD in Religion and Society from the Graduate Theological Seminary in Berkeley. From 1986 to 1993 he worked on a CIDA-funded project to develop a design model for computerizing the university system in India. He is the author of: God and the Chip and Webs of Reality (co-authored), along with many journal articles and book chapters. His research and teaching interests include science and technology studies, the sociology of religion, critical theory, mythology and modernity, and the environmental and energy crises.

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