Re: How has religion changed?
Virginia Postrel is a political and cultural writer who is a contributing editor for The Atlantic, editor-in-chief of DeepGlamour.net, and the author of The Substance of Style and The Future and Its Enemies. She is currently writing a book on glamour for The Free Press. She previously wrote an economics column in The New York Times for six years, served as editor of Reason and has worked as a reporter for Inc. Magazine and The Wall Street Journal. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Foundation for Individual Rights and is a popular blogger and speaker. She was educated at Princeton University and lives in Los Angeles.
Virginia Postrel: Obviously another area that everybody talks about these days is it has to do with religion. How do we . . . There was this notion among the intellectual elites in the west and . . . that religion would just die out over time. I . . . Because I came from a religious place where everybody’s religious, I sort of found that hard to imagine. There’s a huge religious impulse in human beings. Maybe it’s biologically wired in, and people if they don’t . . . it expresses itself in many, many, different ways. And so I think that if you study the diversity of religion, it sort of takes away from the notion of sort of one true faith. But I also think it takes away from the notion of, “Oh everyone is inevitably going to be secular.” Because if that’s the case, wouldn’t it have happened already someplace?
Recorded on: 7/4/07
Why we haven't all become secular yet.