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The global war for souls

Religion is once again one of the most urgent fields of human experience. Now an important new book has startling things to tell us about its future

By E K   June 2009

The triumph of mega-religion: over 40,000 members of Lakewood Church celebrate the opening of their Houston facility

God is Back: How the Global Rise of Faith Is Changing the World by John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge (Allen Lane, £25)

“God is dead” proclaimed Nietzsche, without fanfare, more than a century ago. In the post-cold war era, Francis Fukuyama’s Nietzschean End of History described “last men” whose faith would fail when exposed to the cosmopolitan reality that their creed was merely one among many. Religion, it seemed, was being consigned to the past by serious western thinkers.

In 1993, however,…

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