The Essay: The Retreating Roar

Madeleine Bunting's series of Essays for Easter Week 2014. Matthew Arnold's poem 'Dover Beach' is her starting-point: 'But now I only hear (Faith's) melancholy, long, withdrawing roar'. What - for someone in today's culture with a contemporary mindset - fills the gaps left by such huge (but vanishing) ideas like Faith, Sin, Sacrifice, Patience, Salvation, which have so dominated 2,000 years of Western history?  What has been gained - and lost?

BBC Radio gets Easter right.

Kate Chisholm, The Spectator
13th February 2015
Presented by Madeleine Bunting
Produced by Kristine Pommert
Commissioned by Matthew Dodd