The slow whiny death of british christianity is a characteristic Hari evisceration of organised religion. I agree that most of the state religious subsidies and allowances should be cut, but found myself wondering why I felt that the argument was a little bit of a straw man.

My initial thought is this: in my experience, all my religious friends are slightly remote from the full institutions of their religion. They may use religion and church for community, but not to justify separation or entitlement. Many others are private believers. Faith makes sense for them, but not necessarily the ceremonies and rituals.

I think that it is the institutions that are the problem. Yes, religious faith is dropping too, but the credibility of the institutions is dropping more rapidly.

In many ways, that makes Hari’s case stronger.