Tuesday, August 27, 2013

God and Caesar …

… What is religion?, part 1: civil religion and the state | Andrew Brown | Comment is free | theguardian.com. (Hat tip, Rus Bowden.)

What Bellah added to this was the point that the world of everyday, from which religion promises to deliver us, is not more real, or less constructed than the one we access through religious practices. Everyday life may involve different kinds of cognition, but the world we see through its mechanisms is just as much the product of wish fulfilment as heaven might be. Only the appetites being satisfied in there are different.

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