Embers of Faith

“In a culture which has become deeply secularised, some last embers of faith still glow… My argument in these lectures was simply this: that religious values are still active within our frame of moral reference. They have been eroded but not altogether eclipsed. They lie at the head of some of our deepest moral commitments: to the worth of the individual, to society as a covenant rather than as a contract, to morality itself as a communal endeavour, and to the family as the crucible of personal relationships…. Historically, religious communities have been their natural environment. Living, as we have done, by the inherited habits of an essentially religious way of life, we have come to underestimate the religious faith needed to sustain them.”

The Persistence of Faith, p. 10