Francis Spufford’s new book, Unapologetic, is much more personal and polemical than anything he has written before. The subtitle makes plain his purpose: ‘Why, despite everything, Christianity can still make surprising emotional sense’.

Rejecting arguments about the existence or non-existence of God as an ultimately futile pursuit, he instead offers an impassioned account of what Christianity means to him as a lived experience, and one which meshes very well with the true character of human nature, an attribute which, he contends, the new atheists take little account of.

It is, he says, ‘a report from inside my head, because some of this stuff has been boiling on my tongue for a while – I’ve been wanting to get it said, with a mixture of frustration and passion’.

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