Religion is like sex – it can seem absurd, but it works
Nothing gets readers reading like making sure 'sex' is in the headline. But in this case the article really is about religion and not about sex. I hope Guardian readers do not feel disappointed :)
You, of course, can be the judge about what he writes.
My judgement is that he makes a small and valuable point: religion has its consolations and comforts; it even motivates compassion.
According to Freedland this is particularly so for Anglicans!
"For increasing numbers of Anglicans, it works that way too. Singing hymns in church is a comfort, reminding them of their childhood or their parents, and leaving them with a glow of warmth towards neighbours they might otherwise never meet."I suggest all readers here would be united on a rejoinder: that is insipid Anglicanism. True Anglicanism is about changing the world with the gospel of Christ.
The great weakness of Freedland's argument is that he refuses to examine the truth of religious claims. Instead, all that matters are the pragmatic benefits.
Oh, and some Anglicans think neither sex nor religion is absurd :)