He's more bullish on the ability of the human mind and soul to forgo the political temptations of religion. But that's a mood for Hitch; he's written elsewhere of its astounding and resilient power. I found Mark's book an enormous relief - a relief that I'm not as isolated as I feared in respecting both faith and secularism, and not so perverse in believing that the Western experiment in secular politics is a terribly fragile one. It takes a willful ignorance of history to believe otherwise - or mere political opportunism. But there's plenty of both to go around.

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