nancylebov (nancylebov) wrote,

On not wanting to learn about what you think you probably should

John Derbyshire, on what happened to his religious faith, such as it was.
It doesn’t necessarily die — I know plenty of cases where it didn’t — but people of really feeble faith, like mine, need every possible support, and emigration knocks one prop away. In America, at any rate for most conservatives (taking my Episcopalian colleague as an exception), you are actually supposed to think about your faith, and even, for heaven’s sake, read about it! With the keen immigrant’s desire to be more native than the natives, I did my best with this, but found I constitutionally couldn’t. The books sent me to sleep; and when I tried to think about Christianity, it all fell apart.

Partly of interest because I feel as though I should research the local races before the upcoming elections, but I can't honestly say I care, and partly because it's an interesting essay from a rather alien point of view. For example, it had never occurred to me to wonder whether an atheist could be a conservative.

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