The civilisation of the West is built on highly specific religious foundations, and if we lose them we will lose much that makes life gracious, free and humane. We will, I believe, be unable to sustain the concept of human dignity. We will lose a certain kind of politics, the politics of the common good. We will find ourselves unable to hold on to a shared morality—and morality must be shared if it is to do what it has always done and bind us together into communities of shared principle and value.
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Excerpt of the original publication, The Great Partnership: Science, Religion, and the Search for Meaning. Republished here with thanks.