The emotions that sustain religious belief are all, in fact, deeply ordinary and deeply recognisable to anybody who has ever made their way across the common ground of human experience as an adult.
Belief demands that you dispense with illusion after illusion, while contemporary common sense requires continual, fluffy pretending - pretending that might as well be systematic, it's so thoroughly incentivised by our culture.
Cricket is the greatest game that the wit of man has yet devised.- Sir Pelham Warner
Advertising is selling Twinkies to adults.- Donald R. Vance
The struggle of the male to learn to listen to and respect his own intuitive, inner prompt...- Herb Goldberg
Each generation of the church in each setting has the responsibility of communicating the ...- Francis Schaeffer
Each had defended his own country; the Germans Germany, the Frenchmen France; they had don...- Ernst Toller
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Francis Spufford is an English author. He studied English Literature at Trinity Hall, Cambridge, gaining a BA in 1985. He was Chief Publisher's Reader from 1987–90 for Chatto & Windus. He has taught at Goldsmiths College in London on the MA in Creative and Life Writing there. He has written several books include: Unapologetic, Red Plenty, The child that books built, Backroom boys, I May Be Some Time, Vintage Book of the Devil, and Golden Hill.
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