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Book review: a secular age: Charles Taylor, a secular age (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007).

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Craig Calhoun Book review: a secular age: Charles Taylor, a secular age Article (Published version) Original citation: Calhoun, Craig (2008) Book review: a secular age: Charles Taylor, a secular age (Cambridge, Mass., Harvard University Press, 2007). European journal of sociology, 49 (03). p. 455. ISSN 0003-9756 DOI: 10.1017/S0003975609000186 © 2008 Cambridge University Press This version available at: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/42170/ Available in LSE Research Online: January 2013 LSE has developed LSE Research Online so that users may access research output of the School. Copyright © and Moral Rights for the papers on this site are retained by the individual authors and/or other copyright owners. Users may download and/or print one copy of any article(s) in LSE Research Online to facilitate their private study or for non-commercial research. You may not engage in further distribution of the material or use it for any profit-making activities or any commercial gain. You may freely distribute the URL (http://eprints.lse.ac.uk) of the LSE Research Online website. This document is the author’s submitted version of the journal article, before the peer review process. There may be differences between this version and the published version. You are advised to consult the publisher’s version if you wish to cite from it. For more research by LSE authors go to LSE Research Online a s e c u l a r a g e * P e o p l e t e n d t o t h i n k of secularism as the absence of religion, not something in itself. Or they think of it simply as a strong separation of church and state – creating again, a zone of absence. These two views are at the core of the standard sociological story of secu- larization. This is understood in some combination as the decline of religion and/or the compartmentalization of religion in its own private sphere so that it is excluded from public life and indeed markets. This perspecti

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