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Belief, Augustine, and the New Religiosity

Given as a talk to the Friends of Augustine, a lay group, at Clare Priory, Suffolk, England, in April 2003. A modified version was published in Review for Religious 62.4 (2003) 354-362. Today, one feels, disbelief in God has become a source of anxiety. The onus has now switched to those who claim they do not believe in God to prove their unbelief. Indeed, the stridency with which non-believers and secularists proclaim their ‘faith’ suggests an anxiety about their unbelief which was rarely heard in the confident days of triumphant modernity. According to practically every recent survey, non-believers are in a minority. The agnostics are now not those who are unsure about their belief in G

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