Beyond belief

Reg Naulty reviews a book that advocates faith without belief

Hugh Mackay has written a new book, Beyond Belief: How we find meaning, with or without religion, that contains much interesting information about the current state of religion in Australia: only about eight per cent of the population, for example, go to church each week; about twenty per cent go occasionally; and seventy per cent or so of all marriage ceremonies do not take place in church. Mackay is concerned to recommend a faith to live by and that is, well, Love, actually:

Beyond the cool, rational dictates of Reason, every healthy society, like every healthy relationship, also needs the civilizing, humanizing power of Love.

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