Religion, Mark C. Taylor argues in "After God", is more complicated than either its defenders or critics think and, indeed, is much more influential than any of us realize. Our world, Taylor maintains, is shaped by religion even when it is least obvious. Faith and value, he insists, are unavoidable and inextricably interrelated for believers and nonbelievers alike. The first comprehensive theology of culture since the pioneering work of Paul Tillich, "After God" redefines religion for our contemporary age. This volume is a radical reconceptualization of religion and Taylor's most path breaking work yet, bringing together various strands of theological argument and cultural analysis four decades in the making.
Mark C. Taylor is professor of religion and chair of the Department of Religion at Columbia University. He is the author of more than a dozen books, including Hiding and Disfiguring: Art, Architecture, Religion, both published by the University of Chicago Press.