"Everything in public life risks being desacralised–-persons, places, pledges, prayers, practices, words, sacred writings, religious formulae, symbols, ceremonies. Our life together is being increasingly secularised...Religious life grows diffident. Thus we see the most momentous matters placed among trifles, and trivialities glorified."
What strikes me is the juxtaposition of this statement with Daniel Dennett's question and point below. Talk about a disconnect.