Jul 24, 2011

Fragile faith

... "fragilization" here means only that the issue of a possible change of belief is kept alive for us in a way which has few precedents in earlier ages; and as a consequence, there are more "conversions" in both directions in the lives of individuals, and between generations. But this says nothing about the firmness or depth of the faith (or atheist belief) once espoused. On the contrary, the faith which confronts alternatives can be deeper and stronger.
-- Charles Taylor, A Secular Age, pg 808