Religion: The New Boy

Dapple-bearded little Philosopher C. E. M. Joad, 56, of the University of London, is familiar to British radio listeners as the wittily bumptious know-it-all of Brains Trust (BBC's recently ended version of Information Please). To bookish laymen and lecture-goers he is known as a racy popularizer of philosophy ("Philosophy should be about something that matters"). Clergymen once knew him as an annoying, church-baiting agnostic; at least one angry sermon has been preached on "God, Joad and the Devil."

Readers of Joad's fast-selling latest book are now discovering the new Joad who emerged during...

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