A reader asks about the difference between a religious culture and holy one

Chesterton point out the difference in little poem written to commemorate the demise of an English missionary at the hands of very religious cannibals in the Solomon Islands:

It was the Rev. Isaiah Bunting who sailed to world’s end

and spread religion in a way that he did not intend.

He gave, if not the gospel feast, at least a ritual meal.

And in a highly painful sense he was devoured with zeal.

America is extremely religious. America is only quite dubiously holy. There are real saints here as anywhere. But much of our religiosity is Moloch-worship.


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