The Nearest Thing to Heaven

I just ran across this interesting article.

http://time.com/5441961/the-nearest-thing-to-heaven-a-statues-lesson-of-faith/

The author includes a statement that resonates with me, but I have not seen elsewhere:  “The declining role of institutional religion has, I think, led to a serious loss of community, as the religious participant has given way to the ever more atomized consumer.”

Institutional religions all seem to have their negative characteristics, but I think it is too easy for us to under-appreciate the underlying spiritual and cultural benefits.  I think I will purchase Neil Macgregor’s book and see what other insights he has.

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