Letter: Obscure religion

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The Independent Online
Sir: The problem with the ancient religions in the modern world ("When believers desert their church", 23 March) is that whereas people's need for religion remains as great as ever, (cf "Living on the ledge; the random risk society", 23 March) there is a bizarre gap between the archaic imagery in which these religions are traditionally expressed and the world people actually experience.

For those unschooled in suspension of disbelief, self-deception, or quiet dissimulation religion becomes less and less accessible.

John Hills


West Sussex