The Joy of Secularism: 11 Essays for how we live now Ed George Levine, (Princeton University Press, £24.95)
The Moral Landscape by Sam Harris, (Bantam Press, £20.00)
When the sociologist Max Weber wrote of the disenchantment of the modern world in the late 19th and early 20th century, he struck a loud and resonant chord. Just look at the dog-eat-dog, bureaucratic, soulless world we live in. Ugh! How pleasant to dream of something better: a magical world unfolding in providential ways: perplexing, perhaps, and sometimes sad, but in the end benign, good and safe. How nice as well to be…
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