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Partitioning things that way in our heads has led to ideas like “my personal spiritual life” and “my public business life.” Thus we have debated whether politicians or athletes should ever have their fitness measured by some moral shortcoming or terrible relationship failure in their “private” lives. The consensus seems to be that there is no necessary connection between the two. We talk about the “sacred space” we encounter in a cathedral or church sanctuary, at a retreat center or particularly breathtaking spot in nature. The store, office, or den is — one must presume — “secular space” for us.

So we have created a religious environment in much of Christendom that allows people to participate in church as pious, reverent members on Sunday morning — while being racist, lecherous, greedy, and materialistic the other six and a half days of the week! Church is sacred. The other settings are secular.

Where did we get such absurd notions of the nature of reality?