I’m a tad alarmed at how often I now find myself agreeing with David Brooks. He offers a nice apologia for the “quasi-religious,” who inhabit a world between Pat Robertson and Richard Dawkins. He ends a recent column with this nice credo:
Always try to be the least believing member of one of the more observant sects. Participate in organized religion, but be a friendly dissident inside. Ensconce yourself in traditional moral practice, but champion piecemeal modernization. Submit to the wisdom of the ages, but with one eye open.
The problem is nobody is ever going to write a book sketching out the full quasi-religious recipe for life. The message “God is Great” appeals to billions. Hitchens rides the best-seller list with “God is Not Great.” Nobody wants to read a book called “God is Right Most of the Time.”