Sir: Bryan Appleyard's attack on the Church of England (28 November) attempts to distinguish between "fundamentalist evangelism" and "New Ageism", but things are not so simple. Both kinds of religion existed in Christianity from the start and have appeared in many revivalist movements since, even in the Church of England. A more important point is that both involve the search for certainty and meaning beyond this life in this world and the abandonment of rational and pragmatic thought in favour of faith.
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