Traditional apologetics assumes that the people you’re talking to know, more or less, what the thing they don’t believe in is. But that’s not a safe assumption in modern Britain. So how do you talk about belief in the language of familiar experience, not of unfamiliar ideas?

Francis Spufford is a writer of nonfiction. His most recent book is a short polemic about religion called Unapologetic, which is an attempt to show that faith is made up of the shared emotions of ordinary adult life, rather than taking place in some special and simpleminded zoo.

Francis Spufford