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A global religion?

Far from dying of modernity, might the world's religions merge into a single system? Not if you regard the teacher as more important than the lesson

By prospect   August 2004

Whatever you may think about the fading fads of postmodernism, you can hardly deny that modernity itself has seen better days. A hundred years ago it was poised to fulfil the cherished hopes of the Enlightenment. Gullibility, irrationality and deference were going to be cleared away like old slums and replaced by the shiny new edifices of secularism, toleration and universal high principle. If Prospect had existed then, its Edwardian contributors would have been heralding a new age in which poverty, ignorance and disease were about to surrender to the forces of political internationalism and scientific materialism. Meanwhile, poetry and…

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