For much of human history people have held firm - if mistaken - beliefs about the nature of the world and the right course of action. But now a steep decline in religious belief allied to doubt about the very possibility of objective truth has left many in the West profoundly lost.

Should we welcome this new uncertainty and absence of an agreed set of beliefs? Is it simply a recognition of the human condition but which hubris has often obscured or denied? Or must we escape from being lost - even if it means adopting illusory certainties - in order to provide social identity, personal well being and purpose?

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