28th November 2016

“Nietzsche was right to say that human beings had killed God. Even fundamentalists bear witness to the fact that men and women can no longer be religious in the same way as their ancestors. In the pre-modern world, it was generally understood that while reason was indispensable for mathematics, science or politics, it could not, by itself, give human beings access to the divine. But the extraordinary success of scientific rationalism in the modern world has made reason the only path to truth. We assume that God is an objective fact, like the atom, whose existence can be proved empirically. When we find the demonstration unconvincing, we lose faith.”

Karen Armstrong