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The curious religiosity of Martin Hägglund’s secularism

Martin Hägglund’s This Life sees the Swedish secular philosopher set up an imitation religion

By Tanjil Rashid   March 2020

Two years ago, I received the weirdest commission of my writing career. A wealthy couple wanted to celebrate their newborn baby but, as atheists, they didn’t know how to go about it. The father had been raised Christian, but a christening would have imposed a religion on their child. The mother had been raised Muslim, but goat-sacrifice seemed a bit old fashioned. They were anxious to mark the occasion in a way that was both life-affirming and resolutely secular.

For their baby blessing, I was asked to find readings without…

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