Death opens the gates to resurrection. The pathways to faith are diverse, but all carry components of death and renewal. In Avenues of Faith: Conversations with Jonathan Guilbault, Charles Taylor takes readers through a handful of books that played a crucial role in shaping his posture as a believer, a process that involved leaving the old behind and embracing the new.
In a dynamic interview-style structure, Taylor answers questions from Jonathan Guilbault about how each book has informed his thought. The five sections of Avenues of Faith briefly introduce authors and their principal works before delving into the associated discussion. Taylor and Guilbault engage Maurice Merleau-Ponty’s Phenomenology of Perception, Friedrich Hölderlin’s poetry, Charles Baudelaire’s The Flowers of Evil, Fyodor Dostoevsky’s The Brothers Karamazov, and Brother Émile’s Faithful to the Future: Listening to Yves Congar.
By exploring themes such as faith, the church, freedom, language, philosophy, and more, this book engages both literary enthusiasts and spiritual seekers. Scholars of Taylor will recognize the philosopher’s continuation of his reflections on modernity as he expresses his faith. Avenues of Faith gives readers unprecedented access to a world-renowned philosopher’s reflections on the literary masterpieces that have shaped his life and scholarship and that continue to stand the test of time.