Charles Taylor wins philosophy prize

There is the Nobel Prize for various great achievements, and now there is the Berggruen Prize for philosophy.  The first award, which comes with $1 million, was given to Charles Taylor.

Taylor, a Canadian thinker, is one of the most interesting, helpful, and Christian-friendly of all contemporary philosophers.  (See this Cranach post.) A Catholic, though not of the Reformation-despising kind, Taylor has written provocative and insightful explorations of the self, identity, language, and morality.  One of his biggest subjects, though, is the phenomenon of secularism, which he shows is not as simple as many of its adherents assume and which, far from doing away with religion, may drive people to try to find it again.
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Christian apologist in the news

The Chronicle of Higher Education has a remarkably sympathetic article on William Lane Craig, the Christian philosopher and apologist.  The article discusses his background and achievements (including his debates with “the new atheists”), the new impact of Christian philosophy, and Biola’s programs in philosophy and apologetics.  The site needs a subscription, but I’ll post excerpts after the jump. [Read more…]