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Albert Camus on Religiosity

There were large attendances at the services of the Week of Prayer. It
must not, however, be assumed that in normal times the townsfolk of
Oran are particularly devout. On Sunday morning, for instance,
sea-bathing competes seriously with churchgoing. Nor must it be thought
that they had seen a great light and had a sudden change of heart. With
regard to religion – as to many other problems – plague had induced in
them a curious frame of mind, as remote from indifference as from
fervor; the best name to give it, perhaps, might be "objectivity." Most
of those who took part in the Week of Prayer would have echoed a remark
made by one of the church goers..: "Anyhow, it can’t do any harm."