Religion: Irrelevant Doctrine?

Basil Kingsley Martin, the cheerfully scolding editor of Britain's weekly New Statesman and Nation, looks like a nonconformist minister—which his father was. In his column last fortnight, he let fly at one of his favorite targets—the Church:

"Why does the Church of England make so few recruits? The main answer is surely fairly simple. People are more interested in problems that we used to call religious than ever before, but the reason why they don't go to church is that they don't and can't believe what is taught there. Once people believed that they were going to heaven or hell in the...

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