Is the Divine dead? In a special issue, the New Statesman weighs up the evidence. Andrew Marr opens by revealing the roots of Britain’s deep-seated distrust of fanaticism.
“It’s clear that Christianity at least has moved from a powerful cultural position to a marginal one … I think it is simply because the once-dominant church, the Anglican one, and for that matter the Church of Scotland, in which I grew up, were simply never as aggressive and authoritarian as the Catholic Church, or any variety of Islam. This is a watery, temperate country with a long and soundly based suspicion of intensity.”
• Full story at the New Statesman.