“Religion is regarded by the common people as true, by the wise as false, and by the rulers as useful.”
Seneca the Younger
…with the Devil’s Advocate, the late Christopher Hitchens:
I work in Battersea and sometimes go for a walk along the Thames there at lunchtime. It’s not the most picturesque stretch of the river, but there is a nice little church there with a friendly graveyard; by which I mean that it has benches for people to sit upon and contemplate their mortality.
A little research shows there has been a church on the site since around 800AD, that William Blake was married there, and that J.M.W. Turner used to paint scenes of the river from the vestry window.
I might summon up the courage to actually set foot inside one day and explore further.