Is your mind open enough to contemplate belief in God?

Unthinkable: It’s not clear we have either the language or patience in Ireland for metaphysics

While many of us welcome the decline of the church, there is a nagging sense that our connection to fundamental questions about human existence is being severed. Photograph: Getty images

While many of us welcome the decline of the church, there is a nagging sense that our connection to fundamental questions about human existence is being severed. Photograph: Getty images

There once was a time when only the most open-minded people considered atheism as an intellectual goal. Today, across swathes of the population, it requires significant independence of mind to contemplate belief in God.

Mainstream political debate is entirely secular and, while there are reminiscences of religious life in public institutions, the expression of personal opinion wrapped up in faith has become highly unfashionable.

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