There was never a good war or a bad peace.
I confess that I do not entirely approve of this Constitution at present; but sir, I am not sure that I will never approve of it: For, having lived long, I have experienced many instances of being obliged, by better information or fuller consideration, to change opinions even on important subjects, which I once thought right, but found to be otherwise.
[T]he Christian belief [is that there is] a free and eternal soul that resides within each individual. Yet over the last 200 years, the life sciences have thoroughly undermined this belief. Scientists studying the inner workings of the human organism have found no soul there. [H]uman behavior is determined by hormones, genes, and synapses, rather than by free will - the same forces that determine the behavior of chimpanzees, wolves, and ants.
Quick read. Could easily have been an article in Vanity Fair as opposed to an entire book. Nevertheless, the author is proud of his business so I‘m happy to grant an indulgence for verbosity.
“As his eyes closed, he still heard the gurgling and felt the nerveless weight of his body, but also felt himself falling away from it, as if he were lying just beneath the contours and boundaries of something that had formerly fit him perfectly, and which to fully inhabit meant to be in this world.”
That you can‘t know the answer to questions of faith but that the questions are worth asking and worth thinking about deeply ~ Mary Doria Russell