Saturday, October 28, 2006

Last night ...

... in this post, I had intended to quote this, from Bryan Aplleyard's New Statesman article, but I couldn't get back into it:

Religion, in my view, can only be properly understood as something like emotion: an innate condition of our existence and a form of our perception of the world. When its expression is denied or refused in one direction, it will simply find another. An inability to grasp this explains the deep and abiding failure of the secular imagination to grasp the dynamics of the post-cold war world in which religion has come to play such a huge part.
I think Bryan is right on the money.


  1. But if it's an innate condition - biologically based like emotions? - than what explains 'the secular imagination'?

  2. A recessive gene perhaps.