Experience and Religion: A Lay Essay in Theology

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"Religion," this book begins, "is a mistrusted word now," and Nicholas Mosley, in this engaging meditation, seeks to repair that trust. Rather than trying to convince or compel the reader to accept his beliefs, he describes how religion functions in the modern world. Elsewhere, Mosley has written, "There is a subject nowadays which is taboo in the way that sexuality was once taboo, which is to talk about life as if it had any meaning." In this book, he describes religion as the source of that meaning. Despair is the fashionable attitude, but it ...

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Overview

"Religion," this book begins, "is a mistrusted word now," and Nicholas Mosley, in this engaging meditation, seeks to repair that trust. Rather than trying to convince or compel the reader to accept his beliefs, he describes how religion functions in the modern world. Elsewhere, Mosley has written, "There is a subject nowadays which is taboo in the way that sexuality was once taboo, which is to talk about life as if it had any meaning." In this book, he describes religion as the source of that meaning. Despair is the fashionable attitude, but it is one Mosley, here and in his many novels, rejects in favor of a cautious optimism. He writes not to persuade, but to explain a worldview that is refreshing for the hope and intelligence it contains.

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Editorial Reviews

Times Literary Supplement
While others cling to pessimism as if it is the artist's passport, Mosley strives to communicate the real presence of optimism, its subtlety, its secrecy, its apparent incompatibility with the language.
Times - London
Mosley is the most serious and brilliant of Britain's novelists of ideas.
Library Journal
Released in the UK in 1965 and here in 1967, Mosley's optimistic view combines his life experiences with his Christian beliefs so that the two would work in harmony. Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781564784247
  • Publisher: Dalkey Archive Press
  • Publication date: 10/28/2006
  • Series: British Literature Series
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Nicholas Mosley was born in London on June 25, 1923 and was educated at Eton and Oxford. He served in Italy during World War II, and published his first novel, Spaces of the Dark, in 1951. His book Hopeful Monsters won the 1990 Whitbread Award.

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