Alister McGrath is the Andreas Idreos Professor of Science and Religion at Oxford University.
Do we simply make up our most cherished beliefs, creating a world that fits in with our preconceived ideas, or our deepest longings?
I am one of many who are concerned that we are moving into a post-truth world, whose unacknowledged patron saint is the German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach.
We believe what we want to believe, and take offense when our imagined certainties are challenged. T.S. Eliot was prophetic in his suggestion that “Humankind cannot bear very much reality.”