In this life we can see many things, but God is not one of them. Indeed, God isn’t any “thing” at all: which, of course, doesn’t mean that God is nothing, as the late Herbert McCabe – priest, theologian and philosopher – was always keen to point out.
Though Sir Anthony Kenny warns the reader that Brief Encounters: Notes from a Philosopher’s Diary is emphatically not an autobiography, the fascination of this collection of elegant, entertaining, revealing, often witty and sometimes deliciously indiscreet vignettes of people he has known
The pervasiveness of relativism, the sidelining of religion to the realm of the private and, perhaps, just good manners, have all conspired to make apologetics unfashionable. Until, that is, the advent of so-called “New Atheism”.
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