Saturday, May 23, 2009

An outbreak of compassion

"Would the world change if someone came up with an utterly convincing proof for the existence of God? In A Corner of the Veil, a novel by Laurence Cossé, this happens. A conclusive demonstration is formulated by a holy man who hands it to his religious superiors. They read it, are convinced, but panic, fearing anarchy if it should fall into the hands of the faithful. When the government gets wind of the proof, ministers, too, want to conceal it, fearing that capitalism's ethos would be undermined in an outbreak of compassion."

Mark Vernon, Times Literary Supplement, May 15, 2009, p. 28.