Writing Fiction about Religion in a Post-Religious Age

One way for a novelist to portray religion, writes Francis Spufford, is to set a story in a small community where faith is an important part of life and to focus on representing religion “as a human, social activity.” Drawing on English literature, Spufford cites as examples the work of Anthony Trollope in the 19th century and Barbara Pym in the 20th, two authors who portray social life largely or partially centered around a church. But today’s version of the “village-life novel” is unable to address religion in this sort of way:

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More about: Arts & Culture, Decline of religion, English literature, Literature, Religion & Holidays

Egypt Still Hasn’t Escaped Nasser’s Toxic Legacy

Sept. 30 2020

To mark the 50th anniversary of the death of the Egyptian leader Gamal Abdel Nasser, Daniel Pipes reflects on his reign:

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More about: Anti-Zionism, Egypt, Gamal Abdel Nasser