In reviewing Philip Pullman’s latest attack against Christianity, Garret Keizer made an astute observation about our culture that we all should probably ponder for a bit:
The commonly held notion that we are in the midst of a great public debate between atheists like Pullman and so-called believers like me is a fine construction for radio talk shows but a rather sloppy way of cutting the ideological cake. At least in the industrialized world, the more profound polarity is between those who care deeply about religious issues and those who couldn’t give a damn about them one way or the other.
I’ve often said I find it easier to talk to a Pagan than to a nominal Christian, because, whatever the other differences, at least Pagans see spirituality as an important issue. The same cannot be said for your average nominal Christian.