Few people among the crowds flowing through Paris flock to Notre-Dame to pray, but yet it is there. Westminster Abbey and Cologne Cathedral may still dominate the places in which they stand, and though they have ceased to be places of pilgrimage they still signify something, though we do not know exactly what. We are able to be tourists or scholars, to study the history of these monuments as amateurs or professionals. But their meaning has been lost or mislaid. And of course the glorious debris we live among is not only physical but moral and imaginative. The English atheist theologian Don Cupitt wrote in 2008 of the fact that “Nobody in the West can be wholly non-Christian. You may call yourself non-Christian, but your dreams are still Christian dreams.”

– Douglas Murray, The Strange Death of Europe: Immigration, Identity, Islam (2017)


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