"God is no thing, but not nothing"

Interviews with Rupert Shortt and Louis de Berniers

Nietzsche famously announced "god is dead". Though many continue to argue this point, in the 116 years since Nietzsche himself passed away atheism has grown in the West. In the 21st century the state of god's health continues to deteriorate in the West as secularism rises more and more. 

Borrowing from Herbert McCabe's thoughtful point, Rupert Shortt's God Is No Thing offers a brave argument in favour of Christianity and its importance as a philosophy in the Western world. No simple defence of dogma, this book avoids the pitfalls of fundamentalism while highlighting the benefits of self-critical faith.

The religion editor of the Times Literary Supplement, Rupert points out the human flourishing that Christianity has fostered; including promoting peace and environmental sustainability. Join Susan Cahill as she talks with Rupert about God Is No Thing and the place of religious philosophy in the modern secular world. 

Before this Susan talks with acclaimed British novelist, Louis de Bernières about his latest novel, The Dust that Falls from Dreams. A love story told against the backdrop of the First World War, this book is reminiscent of Louis' great Captain Corelli's Mandolin. As quickly becomes evident though, these are wholly different books.

A fantastic story of youth, love, and grief this book explores how people rebuild their lives in the wake of war. Join Susan as she talk with Louis about this book and what exactly drove him to write it.

This week's music to read to,

The show opens with Poppy Ackroyd's Grounds while Keith Kenniff brings part one to a close with Sometimes. The show ends with Johann Johannsson's Good Morning, Midnight & Good Night, Day.