"When I think about atheist friends...they seem to me like people who have no ear for music, or who have never been in love.... These unbelievers are simply missing out on something that is not difficult to grasp. Perhaps it is too obvious to understand: obvious, as lovers feel it was obvious that they should have come together, or obvious as the final resolution of a fugue."
- A. N. Wilson, contemporary scholar-writer, from "Why I Believe Again"
(Painting: "The Triumph of Faith," by Charles Le Brun, c.1660)
Note to My Readers: from mid-June to mid-August (6/18 - 8/20), I will be taking a summer break from posting new articles for my Thursday and Friday slots. This will only affect my Thursday series on the global growth of Christianity, and my Friday series, the "Theological Bestiary" of birds, both of which will resume in late August. During the summer, I'll be dusting off some of my best essays from the first few years of this blog (a decade ago), as well as my verse play "Thus Ends the World," and re-posting them in the Thursday and Friday slots. All other weekdays will continue to feature new material throughout the summer.