The Transformation Of Religion And The Self In The Age Of Authenticity

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Wilkinson, Michael. (2018). The Transformation of Religion and the Self in the Age of Authenticity. Pneuma. 40. 91-108. 10.1163/15700747-04001032. This article examines Charles Taylor’s argument that since the 1960s a culture of authenticity has come to define the late modern period. The “age of authenticity” thesis is based on a philosophical and historical approach that follows the development of Romanticism, culminating in the expressive individualism of late modernity. Taylor focuses on the lived experience of secularity and the development of a particular identity that revolves around choice, emotion, and an eclectic approach to religion. Further analysis of Taylor’s work is examined with sociological research on the sacred self and consumption, evangelical and pentecostal appropriation of authenticity, no religion as an option in the age of authenticity, and questions about the search for meaning and purpose.

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  • Reply February 13, 2024

    Troy Day

    I think this may be Robert Cox Link Hudson OR some of his @followers but not John Mushenhouse or Duane L Burgess Some are turning into New Testament Pharisees disecting the Gospel as if it was the Old Testament law. I’m starting to understand what 2 Corinthians 3:6 means where it says that the “letter kills, but the spirit gives life!”

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