18. 25 July 1986


Dear Nancy,

Thanks for yours. I thought you might like the enclosed TLS page. Everything it says strikes me as utter gibberish. But there does seem to emerge a glimmering of definition; belief means that one knows everything without evidence and theology means that with evidence no one knows anything. Belief gives everyone different certainties; theology, the same uncertainty. The latter conveys an illusion of communion or sharing, which makes it very popular. But all that is actually being held in common, it seems to me, is confusion. I hope you're going to clear all this up. When the time is ripe, that is.

Love as ever, E.