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In his final book, published last year, the late Ronald Dworkin argued that people share a “fundamental religious impulse” that expresses itself in various ways, and not necessarily in the form of beliefs in the existence of an intelligent supernatural being. Although Roger Scruton comes from a very different political and philosophical tradition, and unlike Dworkin is a Christian, he makes a similar case in The Soul of the World. “Many people who might call themselves agnostics or even atheists,” he writes, “live the life of faith.”

Much of the book is devoted to defending a definition of faith as…

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