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Bertrand Russell (1872-1970) wrote much and repeatedly about religion, and an examination of what he had to say yields surprising results for anyone whose knowledge of his views stops at knowing only that he did not believe in the existence of a god or gods, and that he was a trenchant opponent of organized religion and a castigator of what he saw as its harmful e% ects on human individuals and society. All this is true; but what is even more interesting is that he was deeply concerned to # nd an alternative to religion as a source of value and a motivator to action aimed at the good. He wrote: “I am constantly asked: What can you, with your cold rationalism, o% er to the seeker a" er salvation that is comparable to the cosy home-like comfort of a fenced-in dogmatic creed?” (1952: 80); and the person who most o" en asked him this question was himself.