In the mid-18th century Montesquieu famously remarked ‘point de religion en Angleterre’—no religion in England. If anyone spoke of religion, he continued, everyone would laugh. There was apparently also a committee of Parliament struck to investigate the state of religion at the time and it was publicly regarded as ridiculous. Are attitudes significantly different now? From the fall of the western Roman Empire in the fifth century to about the middle of the 18th, Christianity was undoubtedly the
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