This excellent article combines my interests in the religiosity of the musical Les Miserables, on which I’ve recently written here and (more importantly) here, and in reductionism. I found it enormously amusing to have respondents to my newspaper column argue — evidently with straight faces — that the musical is entirely secular.
This article was also published recently in the increasingly excellent Deseret News — that’s where I read it — but, for some reason, I can’t find it on the Deseret News website.
Incidentally, I share Michael Gerson’s embarrassing affliction. As I’ve grown older, I — who used to pride myself on my cold and imperturbable heart of stone — have become much more susceptible to emotional manipulation by cunning actors.