11 October 2018, The Tablet

The art of yearning

by Jonathan Keates

The art of yearning

Artist Govind Nath works on a figure for the Hindu festival of Durga Puja
Photo: Photo: PA/DPA, Karen Bauer


Whether Voltaire really said that if God didn’t exist, humanity would need to invent him, is ­unimportant when compared to the truth articulated here. Faith in the divine and the yearning for a presence inhabiting some dimension beyond our own are instincts irrepressible in our species.

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