Is there a God-shaped hole at the heart of our post-Christian world?
Does it matter? Is it all potential gain, with freedom of expression and liberation from oppression at last possible? Or are there unforeseen losses, too? Has the decline in religious practice and ritual opened up a void now all too easily filled with consumerism, the social media, and a preoccupation with therapy and self-help? Indeed, with ‘oneself’?
And how true is G K Chesterton’s assertion that when people give up belief in God, rather than believe in nothing, they believe in anything?
Mark Dowd, well-known to TV and Radio audiences, chairs a discussion on this controversial issue with the Roman Catholic journalist, Peter Stanford; the former Anglican priest known now as a Christian agnostic, Mark Vernon; and Julian Baggini, who has found throwing off his religious roots for atheism nothing but liberating.