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Comment 13 by AtheistEgbert

We're all afraid and the world is in constant crisis. So we look toward some authority to make sense of the world for us. And that authority is unfortunately religion, since politics has failed.

I don't know what sort of company you keep but I don't see any evidence of this. My experience is completely different. I work from home and my habit is to finish sometime between 9.00-10.00 p.m. and then wander round to the local pub. Eighteen months ago it would have been virtually unheard of for the topic of religion to be discussed. Now it comes up two or three times a week. This is not a result of the efforts of so-called "New Atheists" but of the spectacular own-goals of the Catholic Church. The result seems to be that it is now no-longer taboo to say what you think about religion. But there is no evidence of any fear, any searching for authority and certainly no searching for authority in religion. Of course, I can only speak about my experience; I have no idea to what extent this state of affairs is reflected throughout the UK.

Tue, 14 Sep 2010 16:11:53 UTC | #517774