Religion provides a “narrative” that explains our place in the world, [Neil] MacGregor said, and it is the rituals that bind people together.
Its decline is “a striking phenomenon across Western Europe” and nowhere more so than Britain, where Christianity has been on the wane for decades.
“In a sense, we are a very unusual society. We are trying to do something that no society has really done. We are trying to live without an agreed narrative of our communal place in the cosmos and in time,” MacGregor said.
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